A quirky statistic sees the Newcastle substitutes this season scoring more goals so far than any other Premier League club.
In total, nine goals have been scored from the bench so far and Papiss Cisse has grabbed five of them, helping to make him the most prolific minutes per goal striker in the Premier League this season.
Here are the matches where Newcastle substitutes have made a difference:
Newcastle 3 Palace 3 – Rolando Aarons
Newcastle 2 Hull 2 – Papiss Cisse (2)
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 2 – Sammy Ameobi
Newcastle 1 Liverpool 0 – Ayoze Perez
Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0 – Papiss Cisse (2)
Man Utd 3 Newcastle 1 – Papiss Cisse
Hull 0 Newcastle 3 – Yoan Gouffran
Whether it was Alan Pardew’s tactical brilliance, or these players should have been on the pitch in the first place…the substitutions have had a dramatic impact on the season.
Those nine goals have gained United nine extra points from the scorelines when the subs were introduced, with draws against Palace and Hull from losing positions, a win at Spurs from a losing position, plus wins against both Liverpool and Chelsea when the scores were level previously.
Arguably, the impact of the subs against Palace, Hull and Spurs came at crucial times that helped keep Alan Pardew in the job.
United are currently 11th with 30 points but without those extra 9 via the substitutes, it would only leave 21 points which would have currently have made Newcastle only 2 points above the relegation zone.
It must be very likely that John Carver will go with the same team on Sunday, so will it be another case of Papiss Cisse appearing for a lat late show to clinch the points?