Elmander frustrated at The Reebok
Trotters manager Gary Megson has preferred on-loan striker Ivan Klasnic for the last month and the Croatia international has responded with four goals in four games. Club-record signing Elmander has made just two substitute appearances in those four games and was used to being a regular starter at previous clubs Toulouse and Brondby. And although the Swedish striker, 28, insists he wants to play his part in the Trotters' survival bid, he is disappointed to be on the fringes right now. "Klasnic has scored some goals so I understand if he (Megson) doesn't bench him, but I wish that I could start so that I could help the team," Elmander told Aftonbladet. "It is a new experience to be benched. I might wake up one day and think how boring it is, but it hasn't happened yet." Elmander is also eager to demonstrate his talents to new Sweden coach Erik Hamren, although asked what he would do if a new club shows interest in January, Elmander refused to comment. "I want to take the chance and show what I am good for," he added. "Even if Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) comes back, I want to have shown what I can do. There are some important friendlies this spring."