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Berba: I Want To Do Everything To Win Us The Title

Dimitar Berbatov, who was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, has barely got a game this season, with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez all head of him in pecking order.

Despite this, he’s scored 7 goals in the 10 appearances he’s made in the league and is waiting for his opportunity to score more.

“It’s just about being ready,” Berbatov said. “We have a big squad and you know sometimes you are not going to play. It’s sad and it’s painful but you need to be strong and be prepared for when your team-mates need your help. We are a team and we want to win together. Every time I have played I think I have done well. I’m ready and waiting whenever the boss gives me a chance to show my quality and deliver. I want to do as much as I can to help us win the title.”

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61 Comments

  1. bounce says:

    berbatov please go somewhere else for more playing time,i want to see you play more,you’re too good to be on the bench

  2. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    Oh I just hate this. And I’m gonna stop here, if not I’m gonna go ranting all about Berba now. I love you Berba, you’re a major class act, and I’m proud that you’re our player.

    You know, I wouldn’t even blame him if he goes ranting off in the press. But he hasn’t. Class act. Period.

  3. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    I’d have to agree. If he get’s sold. It’s good for him, though I’d hate it. Will still be supporting him even if he leaves. Just have to regret and rue the fact we let a fantastic player go.

    Its true he’ll always be second fiddle to Rooney even if not for Chicharito, Welbeck or Owen. And I’ll admit it, for the big games, the heart says Berba but the head says Rooney. But we don’t even need that situation-to choose Berba over Rooney. How about choosing Berba with Rooney instead, and I’d hope Sir Alex really gives him a chance to play alongside Rooney, though that would seem like a miracle to me at the moment. Its been an awfully long time since I’ve seen Berba on the pitch.

  4. King B says:

    I think the answer is simple. Turn rooney into a second striker/attacking midfielder, e.g. Podolski, rotate Welbz, Owen, Chicha and Berba as 2 strikers. Unfortutanately Cleverly won’t get as many games but I honestly think 3 attackers is better than 2 and Berba and Owen sitting at home.

  5. Mr C says:

    Berbatov is a top class creative striker and right now we need all the creativity we can get. Our Barcelona, Ajax, and Athletico roll-overs attest to that. The guy needs and deserves more game time and the team will benefit. The rubbish talked about Berbatov’s miss against City and his ‘big game’ credentials is hypocritical and pales into insignificance when compared to Rooney’s missed sitters in the ‘big game’ against Basle, which by the same logic led to our Champions League exit. Strikers miss chances – but you win as a team lose as a team.

    The sooner we wake up to the fact that Rooney, fine player though he is, is not good enough or consistent enough for a side that aspires to be at the very top of European football to ‘built’ around, the better. The ‘who plays with Rooney’ selection policy is predicable and limits our options. How many goals did Berbatov and Chico each score last season? Nani? The point being it’s better to have 3 players scoring ten or more goals each, and a better chance of winning something overall, than be dependent on one player scoring 30+ but the team missing out, as Newcastle fans (Cole, Shearer) can attest to.

  6. Phil Jones' Birdshit Streaks says:

    I agree. He needs games. There’s nothing like experience at this stage of the season, and Berba has it in abundance. I’d be starting him and Rooney up top for all the remaining games. If it isn’t working, then bring on Chicharito or Welbeck as an impact sub.

  7. Zibbie says:

    Mr C your so so wrong on so many different levels wow…..

  8. Mr C says:

    @Zibbie – I admire you zeal for WR but distorting team selection to accommodate one player doesn’t cut it at the level Rooney’s talent is at for a club with ambitions to stay at Europe’s top table. We’ve tried that and it’s patently not worked as the Ajax and Athletico games vividly illustrate. Wayne could score 30+ goals this season, good for him, but if we don’t win anything and continue on our downward path at the European level, what’s the point? Like I said, it’s better to have 3 players score 10 or more and winning something than Wayne scoring 30 or 40 with the others tailing off winning nothing.

  9. 83684 says:

    costas 17.14
    1. Berbatov has scored more than welbeck as well. And same as hernandez. 2. He didn’t have a bad game vs newcastle. It was just typical berbatov treatment.

  10. gfunk says:

    berba=twinkle toes!! He is so fleet of foot you would be downstairs watching tv, he could sneak past you, up the stairs and fuck your bird and be back out and you’d never ever know!!!!!! Full of class too. i love the cat.

  11. trad brick says:

    there has to be a way of somehow incorporating rooney, berba and either chicharito or welbeck.
    berbatov can hold onto the ball so much better and can pass better than chicharito or welbeck.

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