36-year-old Peter Crouch has set a new Premier League record following his 143rd substitute appearance when he came on for Stoke against Brighton on Monday night.
Crouch’s 73rd-minute introduction took him past ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi’s tally, set between 2000 and 2015.
But Crouch didn’t seem too happy with the milestone after Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Brighton as he took to Twitter to question whether he should be proud of his record.
Crouch has been effective in the role, averaging a goal every 162 minutes compared to every 271 minutes as a starter.
The former England striker, has shifted towards an impact substitute role in recent years – eight of his 18 league goals over the last four seasons have come after stepping off the bench.
This season he is yet to start a game, making nine substitute appearances and scoring three goals in 170 minutes.
That already equals his previous best tally, set in 16 substitute appearances in the 2014-15 season.
In all, nearly a third (32.6) of Crouch’s Premier League appearances in his career have come as a substitute.
That accounts for around nine per cent of his playing time but more than 14 per cent of his goals – 15 out of 107.