Dzeko repeats unhappiness at Man City substitute role

Edin Dzeko has again rejected suggestions he is content to be Manchester City’s super-sub after the striker came off the bench to give the Premier League champions victory against Tottenham Hotspur, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Dzeko entered the fray in the 73rd minute as a replacement for Carlos Tevez, with the score level at 1-1. It took 15 minutes for the Bosnia international to strike, giving City a valuable three points that keeps them in touch with Manchester United at the top of the table. Roberto Mancini’s side are two points behind their cross-city rivals with the first Manchester derby of the season to come in December at City’s Etihad Stadium.

The Mirror have calculated that City have won nine points when Dzeko has come on as a substitute, with the player helping himself to five goals in the process, yet it was not enough to earn a starting place against Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham.

Dzeko denied he would be confronting Mancini over his lack of starts, saying simply: “The goals are my message. That’s the only thing,” while Mancini acknowledged that Dzeko cannot be happy at his current role. The manager added: “He is not happy. A player who is happy on the bench does not exist.

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