Top ten quickest Premier League goals from substitutes, including Tottenham star Lucas Moura’s header against Man City

20 Aug

On Saturday, Lucas Moura proved once again why he has been a solid signing for Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite having a slow start to his Spurs career, the pacy forward has proved to be a useful acquisition in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.

Moura headed home the equaliser for his side against City

Yes, he has off days, but you could not say he does not give his all for his side every time he steps onto the field.

And that was no different over the weekend when he made an immediate impact off the bench in Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Man City.

The visitors were being dominated throughout the match but the nifty Brazilian equalled for his side after rising highest to head home from a corner – just NINETEEN seconds after coming onto the pitch.

In light of his quick-fire impact, talkSPORT.com, with help from our friends over at Opta, has identified the quickest goals scored by substitutes…


6 = Shane Long, Reading vs Newcastle, August 27, 2007 (22 seconds)

Royals boss Steve Coppell decided to take a punt on Long when it was all square and the Irishman didn’t disappoint after neatly controlling the ball and firing his shot past Shay Given.

Long spent time at Reading early in his career

6 = Matt Derbyshire – Middlesbrough vs Blackburn, August 11, 2007 (22 seconds)

Derbyshire brilliantly scored with his first touch after he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and instinctively curled a shot round Schwarzer into the corner.

Derbyshire (right) scored a quick goal off the bench for Blackburn

5 = Lucas Moura, Man City vs Tottenham, August 17, 2019 (19 seconds)

As we know, Moura headed home shortly after coming on to salvage an unlikely point for Spurs at Manchester City.

Moura has become a real weapon for Spurs

5 = Andre Bikey, Reading vs Chelsea, August 15, 2007 (19 seconds)

Petr Cech made a rare mistake when punching the ball out and Bikey was on hand to put the home side ahead, just 19 seconds after coming on.

Andre ‘Amougou’ scored a quickfire goal off the bench for Reading in 2007

4 = Apostolos Vellios, Chelsea vs Everton, October 15, 2011 (18 seconds)

Chelsea were 3-0 up and in control before the Greek striker came on and provided the visitors with a consolation.

Vellios spent three years with Everton

4 = Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Blackburn vs Everton, April 17, 2010 (18 seconds)

After some brilliant link-up play with Leighton Baines, Yakubu was on hand to nod home and give his side the lead.

Yakubu was a prolific Premier League scorer

3 = Gerard Deulofeu – Man City vs Watford, March 9, 2019 (17 seconds)

With the Hornets trailing 3-0, Deulofeu was introduced after 66 minutes and immediately fired home a consolation with his first shot.

Deulofeu scored against Man City

3 = Andrew Johnston – Wolves vs Fulham, April 24,2011 (17 seconds)

Johnson was introduced on 79 minutes and slammed home a Bobby Zamora lay-off to salvage a point for his side.

Johnson netted just 17 seconds after coming on as a substitute

2. Antoine Sibierski – Derby vs Wigan, August 12, 2008 (15 seconds)

Sibierski expertly found the bottom corner of the net late on and gave Wigan a vital win in the battle against relegation.

Sibierski celebrates his goal
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1. Sammy Ameobi – Newcastle vs Spurs, October 26, 2014 (8 seconds)

Incredibly, after just eight seconds Ameobi eased past Eric Dier before crashing home the ball at an angle.

Ameobi in action for Newcastle

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