Paul Merson reveals the super sub in the Chelsea team that’s rare to find in football these days

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has hailed Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for the impact he has had at Manchester United.

The 34-year-old is agemates with Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, and Merson believes that the two strikers are similar in the sense of how they can change a game from the bench.

According to Merson, the kind of strikers like Cavani and Giroud who can impact a game from the bench aren’t much.

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“When he came to England, he’d played for Paris Saint-Germain and played at the top level for a number of years. Also, he’s a top Uruguay international who has done well for his country at World Cups,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“He’s a proper player and a warrior as well. He’d run through a brick wall for you, that’s what he does and what he’s all about. I can’t talk highly enough of him.

“From a Manchester United point of view, it’s a no-brainer to try and get Cavani to re-sign. There’s a real art in being a sub and coming on and scoring goals. Solskjaer himself did it and Olivier Giroud at Chelsea is good at it. It’s not just luck.

“People will say that he comes on when teams are tired, but I don’t see everyone scoring goals when they come on as a sub.

“Some players find it really hard when they come on as a sub. They find it hard to get into the game, can’t get up to the pace of it and by the time they do, the full-time whistle has gone. People like Giroud, Solskjaer in his day and Cavani come on and they get into the game straight away.”

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