Many of late have referred to Manchester City’s Dzeko as a mere “super sub” and claim he is more effective off the bench than in the starting eleven. This season’s stats so far seem to support that claim with 5 out of 6 of his league goals this season have came from the bench and his late strike against Tottenham today seems to exemplify his reputation. Dzeko has made 14 appearances this season and 9 of which have been from the bench.
He has only scored one goal when he has been in the starting eleven. However Manchester city coach David Platt refused to label Dzeko as a super sub he simply said in the interview after the match, ”We haven’t called him ‘super sub’. That’s just what people want to call him.” ,”I wouldn’t say it is his best role. It’s not whether he scores after coming off the bench, it’s whether he scores when he is on the field.” While playing for Wolfsburg Edin scored 66 goals in 111 games, the majority of which coming from the starting eleven. When questioned about his “super sub” tag he had this to say,” I was never a super-sub, even before I came to Manchester City.. I always used to play from the beginning (for Wolfsburg) and I scored a lot of goals – not as a sub.”
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