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Why Dzeko Should Not Be Edin Anywhere

Why Dzeko Should Not Be Edin Anywhere

VMC's Chris Hooley takes a look at City's attacking options, in particular the future of 26 year old Edin Dzeko ahead of today's water tester against Arsenal in China...

Over the summer, The Blues Bosnian has been linked with many of Europe's elite clubs and when you look at the facts, it not hard to see why. Edin made 28 league appearances for the Champions last season and scored 14 goals in the process. That's more than the likes of Papiss Cissé, Luis Suarez, Danny Welbeck, Darren Bent and Nikica Jelavic, all of whom are first choice strikers at their respective clubs.

If we rewind the clock back to the start of last season, Edin opened his account against Swansea with the first City goal of the season. The following week he came good again, with the winning goal that fought off a brave come back from the now Championship side Bolton wanders.

Confidence was growing in the Bosnian and didn't he show it. A trip to White Hart Lane was next on the agenda for the Champions and Dzeko didn't disappoint. Putting four goals past the experienced Brad Friedel is no easy task, but he made it look effortless. Mancini described his performance as 'Perfect' and 'Incredible.' How long could this incredible striker's run continue? That was the question many journalists where asking and sure enough they got the answer; until whenever Carlos Tevez is fit. Despite all of the praise he received from Mancini, Dzeko was dropped to the bench for the trip to Wigan, remaining an unused substitute.

Edin didn't score again in the league until October, when he scored 2 in 2 minutes against the rags, helping City beat United 6-1 at Old Trafford. Due to a lack of confidence, he didn't have too many starts for City leading up to the title race; despite the disappearing act of Carlos Tevez. His only significance contribution was a goal, to ensure all three points against Wigan in January.

The last minute equaliser is a rollercoaster of emotions that every experienced Manchester City fan is familiar with. The day was Sunday, the 13th of May, 2012. The Etihad was filled to capacity with generations of City fans. The faithful that were unable to obtain a ticket flocked to pubs across Manchester; to witness the day, the day our beloved Blues became Champions of England once again. It was the sixty third minute and a hernia plagued Gareth Barry left the field to make way for Dzeko. Full time was fast approaching; the rags where sitting at the top of the league, that was until David Silva swung in a corner that connected with the head of Dzeko and belief was brought back into the hearts of every City fan in the land.

Needless to say, the rest is history. The belief he gave the team with that goal, combined with Edin's hard work and passion for the club is worth giving the Bosnian another crack of the whip next season.

'I'm only focused on Manchester City and I do not care about media speculation, especially when it comes from people who have nothing to do with me.' - Edin Dzeko, 2012


UPCOMING GAMES:
all times East Manchester

TODAY 13h00 Arsenal, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Mon 30 Jul 13h45 Malaysia Select XI, Kuala Lumpur, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Tue 31 Jul 19h45 Oldham Athletic, Boundary Park, Friendly
Sat 04 Aug 20h30 Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Arena, Friendly (ESPN TV)
Sun 05 Aug 19h00 Limerick, Jackman Park, Friendly
Sun 12 Aug 13h30 Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield PL

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.




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Writer:Chris Hooley
Date:Friday July 27 2012
Time: 10:28AM

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"Edin made 28 league appearances for the Champions last season and scored 14 goals in the process. That's more than the likes of Pa***** Cissé, Luis Suarez, Danny Welbeck, Darren Bent and Nikica Jelavic, all of whom are first choice strikers at their respective clubs." Bit of a harsh comparison with Jelavic who only played half a season and scored 11 goals in 16 games (only 13 of which starts).
EvertonMike
27/07/2012 10:41:00
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He's a good player Mr. Dzeko but I'm not entirely sure either he or Mancini knows how he fits into the City patient style of approach play. This is even more bizarre as it was Mancini who bought him in the first place. He hasn't managed to force himself into Mancini's trusted first 11 and he was consistently overlooked at the business end of the season in favour of the returning Tevez. Just don't see where he fits in other than something ''different'' from the bench.
Spooks
27/07/2012 10:55:00
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Welcome to VMC Chris. I have to agree with Spooks here, Dzeko is a very good player but doesn't really seem to fit Mancini's style. I think Mancini may have bought him to play an Ibrahimovic type role but he just doesn't seem to have the consistency in his play despite his impressive stats. I hope he stays but wouldn't be surprised if Mancini is willing to entertain offers for him.
Bluedub
27/07/2012 11:17:00
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Great Article Chris and welcome to VMC, Dzeko is a orn corer but he likes a partner and doe not run do the one striker role that Mancini likes, but ED, is a ball holer dribbler passer, header and top finisher and should be part of this squad next season. Iep everyone happy and especially when we have such top drawer hitmen.
buzz lightyear
27/07/2012 11:27:00
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14 goals in 28 appearances, why would we gat rid of Dzeko? he's a blue now, it's in his bloodstream.
Clevblue
30/07/2012 01:22:00
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