- Son Heung Min joined a unique list with his hat trick against Leicester City from the bench
- Only six other players have managed a treble of goals from the bench previously in the Premier League
- The likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Romelu Lukaku have managed this feat in the past
Very rarely does a manager bring on an attacking player with the thought of him scoring a hat trick in a football match.
But this does not mean that chances of doing so are zero as it was seen on Saturday, September 17 in the Premier League.
South Korean superstar Son Heung Min came off the bench to completely blow away Leicester City with a 13-minute hat trick as the North London club won 6-2 to keep up with table toppers Manchester City.
Sports Brief now takes a look at six other football stars who have scored a hatrick in the Premier League off the bench
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United v Nottingham Forest (1999)
At Manchester United, Solskjaer was an archetypal ‘super-sub’ and had developed a reputation of influencing games from the bench.
This was the case in a game against Nottingham Forest as he scored a hat trick in the final 10 minutes during a PL game in 1999. The one-sided fixture ended in a 8-1 win for United.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – Chelsea v Wolves (2004)
It was a memorable afternoon for Hasselbank in 2004 as he scored a treble off the bench against Wolves on his 32nd birthday. He also became the third foreign player to reach a century of goals in the Premier League.
Robert Earnshaw – Charlton v West Bromwich Albion (2005)
Earnshaw’s hat trick came in a game involving Charlton and West Bron as the struggling Baggies took control of the game to win 4-1 thanks to Earnshaw’s hat trick.
Notably, the striker is the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the Premier League, all three divisions of the English Football League, the League Cup, the FA Cup, and for his country in an international match,
Emmanuel Adebayor – Derby v Arsenal (2008)
Adebayor made his way to this list after anhiliating Derby County as Arsenal destroyed the Premier League’s worst ever side to date at Pride Park.
The Togo international came of the bench at half time to bag a hat trick as the Gunners won 6-2. In the process, Adebayor also became the first player to score a hat trick home and away against the same opposition.
Romelu Lukaku – West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United (2013)
Millenial football fans will remember this one as Sir Alex Ferguson’s last managerial game before retirement produced a bizarre 5-5 scoreline.
United and West Brom shared 10 goals in a pulsating game at the Hawthorns that saw Romelu Lukaku bag a hat trick from the bench to help his side force a draw.
Steven Naismith – Everton v Chelsea (2015)
Naismith was left on the bench for Everton’s clash against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2015 but when he finally came on, he certainly left a mark.
He was introduced in the place of Mo Besic after just 15 minutes and showed why he should have been in the starting XI with a hat trick from the bench as Everton won 3-1.
Source: Sports Brief News