Who are the Hyundai A-League’s super subs in the 2018/19 Season?
Being able to call on a substitute to come on and change a game is a luxury that every club would love to have in their locker.
And there’s been some pretty good exponents of the ‘Super Sub’ in the Hyundai A-League in recent years, with Brisbane Roar livewire Henrique and former Western Sydney Wanderers – and now Perth Glory – striker Brendon Santalab two of the best.
But in the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season, it’s two newcomers to the competition that have led the way.
Newcastle Jets attacker Kaine Sheppard and Brisbane Roar’s Danish import Tobias Mikkelsen have been the most productive players off the bench so far this campaign.
The pair have both been directly involved in three goals in matches they haven’t started, with Sheppard the only player to have provided multiple assists as a sub.
Mikkelsen has managed two goals and an assist in the six matches where he has come off the bench for the Roar.
The Jets have been the team that have benefitted most from impact from the substitutes, with Joey Champness and Roy O’Donovan two of four other players in the league to have direct involvement in multiple goals from the bench.
While he hasn’t delivered as many goals as a substitute this campaign as in previous seasons, Henrique is still a big impact weapon for the Roar.
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The man known as ‘The Slippery Fish’ has created a join league-high eight scoring chances as a sub, the same amount as Sydney FC youngster Daniel De Silva.
Mikkelsen and Sheppard again feature prominently in chances created, both managing seven to have them equal third alongside Western Sydney Wanderers’ Nick Fitzgerald.