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Dimitar Berbatov: The EPL's Secret Star

Updated on September 25, 2012

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Dimitar Berbatov, is probably most known for sitting on the bench for Manchester United, while striving in the little playing time he would get. However, now the he has joined Fulham, look for him to be one of the EPL's biggest stars, even at the age of 31. Look for the Bulgarian to be a surprise contender for the EPL's golden boot.

Berbatov Stats

Team/Year
Games Started/(As a sub)
Goals
Goals Per A Game
Man United/10-11
32 (10)
21
5
Man United/11-12
14 (10)
10
.4
Fulham/12-13
1 (1)
2
1
Note: For the games section, it is the amount of games started, and then in parentheses games as a used sub. For example, 5 games started, 14 subbed in it would be: 5 (14)

About The Table

Berbatov averages a very high goals per game rate, in fact Wayne Rooney's last year was about 1.1. When you see the stats, you have to understand that Berbatov was always the 2nd or 3rd choice striker on the pitch, so he didn't get the quality of crosses in, or get enough of the ball to get a Rooney like goal tally. This will change dramatically with Fulham. Sir Alex's insisting to use Berbatov as a sub hurts United, but with Fulham going to fully utilize his skills, Fulham won't even notice that Dempsey is gone. According to the stats, he should average about a goal a game now that he will be the main striker. He will easily get over 20 goals, provided that he doesn't get injured.

Conculsion

We can conclude that A. Berbatov will be a star for Fulham, and will most likely have a high goal tally. B. Fulham will prosper with Berbatov. C. Sir Fergie should have kept him.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      ha i was wondering if i was missing something really simple for a minute there ;p

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      Oops sorry about that, Its been a crazy week at work and basic math is starting to fail me.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      eh? surely he averages 0.5 goals per game

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      @CCahill

      It's 32 starts plus 10 sub apperances and 42 in total. 21 is half of that, so he averages 2 goals a game. I hope that cleared it up.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      I completely agree with what your saying but...

      21 goals in 31 starts = 2 goals a game?!?!?

      Surely that would be 62 goals in 31 starts

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      Good Point.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      @Nlazar

      I love Didier but I dont think it is the right move. Look at Malouda. I think Chelsea have moved on from the Drogba era and players like Malouda and Kalou were part of that era.

      Drogba could add things off the bench and in certain matches, but the team is built differently now. I would love it if Drogba could get to Brazil. But the money may not be there.

      When Chelsea finds its groove in the Torres era, then I think it will be good for Drogba to come back but not any sooner and that will be this season by which Drogba will have found a project to be a part of.

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      The Shanghi ownership might be good for Chelsea fans at least, as we might get back Drogba!

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      @Nlazar,

      Actually, I think they all are good examples. My point was that Berbatov's choice can be added to those. Atletico Mineiro are second in the Brasileirao, Seedorf has guided Botafogo to 6th place. Eto'o went for the money but Anzhi is in the Europa LEague, that is an improvement for a side that was tier 4 or 5 two seasons ag0. Nesta has a side in their first season over their immediate regional rival sitting at the bottom of their conference table. All are great examples. Each one has come to a team and has improved that team. Well, I think Drogba and Anelka were dedicated to the shanghai project but the ownership has become wavy.

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      N. Lazar 4 years ago from USA

      I totally agree with you, and its a shame too, but I think that Nesta at the Impact still puts a good amount of effort. Anelka could be part of that group.

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      Richard-Murray 4 years ago

      Berbatov chose a good place to continue his career. When I look at Ronaldhino at Atletico Mineiro , Clarence Seedorf at Botafogo, Eto'o at Anzhi, Nesta at Montreal Impact, it shows that as players get older, the decisions they make show a lot about themselves and their drive to win.

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Good look at Berbatov. He does have a very impressive goal return, but does not get a lot of recognition for that. I think this season moving to Fulham will give him a chance to make a name for himself away from the big clubs where he could be overshadowed by other big names.