Being a prolific substitute is a blessing and a curse.
It means a player is good enough to be around the squad and make an impact when they come on.
But no professional footballer wants to be known as a supsersub, either.
Via Everton Results, we’ve got the list of the Everton player with the most substitute appearances of all time, including one current player…
1. Victor Anichebe – 95
Anichebe was an Everton player between 2006 and 2013, having come through the ranks at the club.
He failed to ever establish himself as Everton’s first-choice striker, but was always a handy Plan B capable of putting himself about and causing havoc up front.
2. Duncan Ferguson – 82
It’s surprising to see Big Dunc so high up this list.
He was capable of frightening any backline and you’d think any manager would want him on the pitch from the start.
In his role as a first team coach he’s had to hold up the substitution board since the pandemic begun – which still takes some getting used to seeing.
3. Leon Osman – 76
4. James McFadden – 65
5. Danny Cadamarteri – 61
6. Kevin Mirallas – 59
7. Stuart Barlow – 57
8. Steven Naismith – 56
9. Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 50
Calvert-Lewin made his way into the first team as a backup striker who was full of running and keen to improve.
It was only when Ferguson took caretaker charge that the transformation into a genuine talismanic first choice option begun.
Carlo Ancelotti has improved him no end and he won’t be making many more appearances from the bench now, unless he’s being rested.
10. James Vaughan – 49
The youngest goalscorer in Everton history rounds off the top ten.
Calvert-Lewin’s teammate Tom Davies sits 11th and will likely move up the list sooner rather than later.