Alcacer: “I don’t want to stay on the bench”

DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: Paco Alcacer of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen at the Signal Iduna Park on December 15, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Spanish striker Paco Alcacer insists his main aim is to regularly start games for Borussia Dortmund, despite his impressive goal-scoring cameos from the bench

Since joining from Barcelona last summer, Alcacer has since gone on to score 12 goals in 12 Bundesliga games with seven of those coming from the bench.

This impressive run of form saw Dortmund take up their buy-option to sign Alcacer permanently from Barcelona for €25m in November.

Since then, however, the Spaniard has only started three of Dortmund’s last eight matches with manager Lucien Favre stating that his lack of playing time at Barcelona for the past two seasons has been the cause behind this.

But Alcacer isn’t satisfied with being a super-sub as he always wants to start games.

“I want to play. To start games is my objective,” Alcacer told the Bundesliga website.

“Even if I’ve scored 10 times as a sub, I don’t want to stay on the bench. I want to start games and help the team with goals, assists and hard work.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 18: The team of Bayern Munich pose with the trophy following the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 18, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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The 25-year-old is tied with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic as the Bundesliga’s top scorer on 12 goals.

Although ending his debut campaign as the German league’s highest scorer isn’t something that particularly worries Alcacer.

“It’d be nice, of course, but it’s not my objective,” he said.

“Scoring goals isn’t everything. We’ll have to see if it’s on the agenda towards the end of the season, but right now it’s all about the team.

“I want to work hard and score goals to help the team. And if the team’s in good shape that helps me, too.”

Dortmund will be back in action on January 19 away to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.


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