Every Premier League manager needs players who can make an impact off the bench, an option to turn to when Plan A has failed to work out as hoped.
This season, several Premier League stars have earned themselves a ‘Super Sub’ reputation and we’ve looked at the players with the most goals and assists off the bench in 2023/24 to date.
The Premier League substitutes with the most goal involvements so far this season:
=5. Hwang Hee-chan, Scott McTominay, Karou Mitoma, Jacob Brown, Ansu Fati, Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Leandro Trossard, Carlos Vinicius, Jhon Duran, Saša Kalajdžić, Elijah Adebayo (2)
There’s eleven players tied on two goal involvements from the bench this season, including Brighton wingers Ansu Fati and Karou Mitoma, and Luton forwards Jacob Brown and Elijah Adebayo.
Scott McTominay would squeeze his name to the front of the queue for this list, via minutes played, with the Manchester United midfielder having scored twice from just 13 minutes of action as a substitute this season.
The Scotland international memorably came off the bench to score two stoppage-time goals as Manchester United beat Brentford 2-1 in October.
4. Callum Wilson (3)
Callum Wilson has made no secret of his dislike for sharing the minutes at centre-forward, but the Newcastle number nine has had to compete with Alexander Isak for a starting role at St James’ Park.
Wilson, however, has done his hopes of a regular role no harm after recording eight goal involvements (7G and 1A) this season, three of which have come off the bench. The England international has the best goal-per-90 ratio in the Premier League this season (1.05), bettering even Erling Haaland (0.97).
Back to winning ways 🙌🏽🤩 pic.twitter.com/R70eh8sYM7
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) December 17, 2023
3. Darwin Nunez (4)
Darwin Nunez continues to divide opinion, with the jury out on the Liverpool forward. The Uruguayan is currently on a 10-game goalless run in all competitions for the Reds, having failed to kick-on from a match-winning performance off the bench at Newcastle earlier this season.
Nunez’s devastating late double at St James’ Park looked like the lift-off his Liverpool career needed, but it has failed to turn out so. That said, his average of a goal involvement every 105 minutes is a commendable return, while only two players have more goals and assists as a substitute this season.
=1. Leon Bailey (5)
Leon Bailey is beginning to fulfil his potential at Aston Villa, with the winger having hit a purple patch around goal for Unai Emery’s in-form side.
Bailey has provided a goal or assist in five of his last six Premier League appearances, and now has 10 goal involvements despite starting just five games in 2023/24. Five of the Jamaican’s goals and assists have come off the bench, including an assist during the 2-1 come-from-behind win over Brentford at the weekend.
Leon Bailey joins an elite group 🤝
Firing and providing in equal measure ⚽️🅰️ pic.twitter.com/xrW991MJHA
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2023
=1. Joao Pedro (5)
Joao Pedro leads these rankings alongside Bailey, having made a bright start to his Brighton career.
The Brazilian – who made his debut for the national team last month – has recorded five goals and an assist in the Premier League this season, with five of those contributions coming as a substitute.
The 22-year-old has been a more regular starter in Europe and has thrived during Brighton’s maiden season in continental competition. Pedro is the leading scorer in the Europa League, having scored six times during the group stage as the Seagulls reached the knockout rounds.
Joao Pedro is the current 𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗿 in the #UEL 📈
Not bad for your first ever season playing in Europe… 😅 pic.twitter.com/bf64OqWEmU
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) December 14, 2023