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Adam Buksa doesn’t like being on the bench

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Adam Buksa talked about the role he has had this season for the New England Revolution.

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Adam Buksa might have found his role on the New England Revolution but it’s not one that he particularly likes.

Buksa has started in seven games this season while making 13 total appearances for New England.

More recently, Buksa has been coming off the bench for the Revs. Prior to his start in the Toronto FC game, the Polish striker had come off the bench in four straight appearances.

Buksa’s run on the bench came with him being the team’s leading scorer, but Gustavo Bou went on a hot streak scoring five goals in New England’s last six games.

Against Toronto, the 25-year-old was able to find the back of the net after receiving a great ball from Ema Boateng. It was his first goal in five games.

Buksa was asked about his role on Thursday and while he respects his coach, he doesn’t like coming off the bench.

The Polish striker said, “I want to play in every game. That’s my goal. If you want to hear that I accept my role on the bench, I respect every coach’s decision, but my goal is to play every game. I don’t like being on the bench, so I’m doing everything I can to convince our coaching staff to put me in the starting 11. I’m an ambitious player, I have my own aspirations, and definitely I want to be better every day. That’s what I only focus on. I feel comfortable in the way that, if I train well, if I perform well, I can count in my spot in the starting 11. And that’s okay. As I said in my previous answer, there are also many games upcoming, so there will be rotations. But it’s normal. We have a challenging calendar. I feel pretty comfortable with the spot I have in the team. I think I’ve been doing well, but I want to do better.”

If Buksa continues to score goals, it will be tough for Bruce Arena to keep him out of the starting XI, but New England will need to start winning games in the 4-4-2 formation. Their next opportunity will be Saturday against Atlanta United.