Popular former Newcastle star Nobby Solano was a key part of Sir Bobby Robson’s top four and Champions League team.
The Peruvian winger giving great balance to Laurent Robert on the other side of the pitch.
With the pace of Dyer and Bellamy, plus the know how of Speed and Shearer, they provided a potent front six that produced some great football and results for Newcastle supporters.
However, Nobby Solano also has a surprising other claim to fame.
The former United winger is one of the most subbed players in Premier League history, an incredible 130 times.
The Mirror have put together a team of Premier League stars who have been subbed the most in each position.
A bit of a surprise to see Solano there but I do remember there being a bit of a perception, rightly or wrongly, that his stamina was a bit suspect and so the final stages could often see him taken off by Sir Bobby.
Although having said that, maybe Nobby Solano’s finest moment happened after playing 90 minutes plus – the winger scoring in the dying seconds of a game on 22 December 2001, seeing Newcastle complete a 4-3 win (after being 3-1 down) against Leeds.
A result that ensured United were top of the Premier League at Christmas – happy days.
The Mirror’s team of most subbed Premier League players in each position:
Thomas Sorenson (13)
Dan Petrescu (62)
John O’Shea (47)
David Unsworth (44)
Graeme le Saux (55)
Nobby Solano (130)
Joe Cole (128)
Paul Scholes (126)
Ryan Giggs (134)
Emile Heskey (126)
Dennis Bergkamp (104)