Bosnia international forward Edin Dzeko refuses to accept the part-time role of ‘super-sub’ at Manchester City, insisting that he should be given more playing time due to his recent purple patch of sorts, Sky Sports understands.
Dzeko, City’s top-scorer in the English Premier League this season, has netted six goals in nine league appearances, with two-thirds of his appearances coming as a substitute.
Although he seems to be relishing in the role, Dzeko refuses to accept that he’s Roberto Mancini’s ‘super-sub’.
“You can call me whatever you want but I will never accept that I’m a super-sub,” Dzeko told the Sunday Telegraph.
“I’m 26 years old and I played a lot of games before I came here to City and I scored a lot of goals in Germany and, before that, the Czech Republic. I won the league in Germany and was top scorer there.
“I was never just a sub and I never will be one. At the moment, maybe, it’s like that. It’s not great for me. But with my goals and with the goals I have scored so far this year I think I deserve to play more.”
Dzeko, 26, went on to reveal that he is very happy at City, he just wants to start more matches on the pitch instead of next to Mancini on the bench.
Can you really blame him for wanting to have a run in the side when he’s on good goal-scoring form? Surely not.
On the red side of Manchester, Javier “El Chicharito” Hernandez is in a similar situation, but Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson hinted that the Mexican striker will play against Norwich City at Carrow Road next week.
“When you score a hat-trick, you pick yourself. I think he’ll be playing next week,” said Sir Alex following United’s 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
Did Dzeko’s 88th minute match-winner against Tottenham Hotspur ensure him a start versus Villa next week? We shall see.
Blues preparing Fellaini bid
European champions Chelsea are reportedly preparing a £30 million bid for in-form Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in January, the Daily Mail reports.
Fellaini, 24, has been on scintillating form for the Toffees this season. The Belgium international has featured in 10 league games for David Moyes’ side in 2012-13, tallying an eye-opening six goals and three assists.
In fact, he’s been absolutely brilliant, and hands down the Toffees’ player of the season thus far.
As a result, Chelsea are reportedly keen, to the tune of £30 million, on the Belgian.
Now comes the most important question of all, should he stay or should he go?