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Edin Dzeko - Champion Or Passenger?

Ben Willcock sent Vital Manchester City the following article.

I must start by stressing I'm not here to slag off a player who had a historical involvement in the greatest Premier League title win we are ever likely to see. But for me Edin Dzeko has long outstayed his welcome within our phenomenal squad and he could easily be replaced.

Edin comes across as a likeable, charming and fairly loyal guy off the pitch. Edin's happy to share in all the joys of a win and gets his fair share of praise from pundits and neutral fans alike. However in my most brutal opinion I can't help but want to hit my head repeatedly against a brick wall when I hear he is starting on match day.

He has a lethargic approach to most games and frankly his body language infuriates me. This alone doesn't provoke me to call for his head, it's that addition of a touch that my heavily arthritic Nan could rival.

I do not make judgements or rash conclusions in haste but having been a season ticket holder with City since 2003, I feel even the bow legged Emile Mpenza had the grace of Maradona when you compare him to Edin.

I feel Edin gets an easy ride and is hailed as a top striker when really he needs to be called into question, he may get his fair share of goals but he misses some incredible chances. He exists within a team that will carry him with their brilliance and unfortunately he seems to be our only forward that can stay fit, maybe because he hasn't broken a sweat in three years.

It's nothing personal I stress - off the pitch I admire him as a charitable and likeable man. However when I analyse the strengths and weaknesses of our squad my main gripe is his presence and I feel selling him would be to our betterment.
I would like to open up the debate on the Bosnian 'diamond' to all who read this.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Ben Willcock Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 4 2014

Time: 8:49AM

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Why not both? Like Hernandez a champion coming off of the bench but a passenger if started.
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04/03/2014 09:02:00

Fair point TF7, problem being there aren't too many willing to fill that role, Dzeko himself reacted badly to the 'super sub' tag when questioned on it by a reporter, can only get away with it for so long unless they're called Soljskaer.
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04/03/2014 09:13:00

I think the main problem with Dzeko is that he doesn't have the wherewithal to make space for himself against well disciplined defences that sit deep, I'd say he'd thrive in a counter attacking team.
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04/03/2014 09:15:00

I think that just about sums up where I am too Ben. I find him likeable and he will forever be remembered for the crucial equaliser on that sunny day in May 2012 but the word 'lethargic' seems to sum up his current approach. His apparent chronic inability to retain possession from a goal keeping kick is a particular frustration but there are others and the time is coming when he needs to pull his weight again.
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04/03/2014 09:21:00

I wonder how Guidetti would do in place of Dzeko? Mind you he isnt getting that much playing time at Stoke
Lyndhurst Citizen
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04/03/2014 11:05:00

Manchester City supporters will always back 100% and beyond effort. Edin has not been putting in shifts after going public historically at wanting starts. Right now he is not playing at the level this team needs and there is an element of risk involved in his selection unless he starts putting himself about and following up.
Johnny Baguette
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04/03/2014 12:12:00

He’s not consistent enough for me and too clumsy loses the ball regularly. He loses his footing far too often in and around the box. When he has the ball I always get that feeling he’s going to miss or slip.
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04/03/2014 17:12:00

To a man on here in 2008 nearly everyone said we should get the lad Dzeko from wolfsburg, I think he is a player who thrives on game time, not in 1 week out the next, granted he has not had the best of times recently, but he is threat when we play to his strengths with some crosses to the box, he is not like Aguaro or The Beast who can lead the line and "go at defenders' Dzeko needs crosses and at the minute we are not playing with wingers till the last 30 minutes of a games, when Navas comes on and then we are not crossing the ball as much, we seem to be playing a touch narrow, Dzeko will come good and I hope will stay with us for a while yet, he is not as bad as most people think he is...... we could have worse players......
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04/03/2014 17:42:00

Dzeko has been playing enough to see how good he is and has shown he's not good enough.
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04/03/2014 19:34:00

I agree with adtilson - the bloke is has proved he's not good enough for MCFC.
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04/03/2014 23:51:00

6 goals in the competition made him top scorer League Cup ! But thats' just a part of the ugly story - funny, you all need Spaniard, supporter of Real Madrid from Spain, to make a much needed reply to this spiteful claims - although Real fun made it after Chelsea and before Braca game in response to Daily Mail article or Manchester Evening News: “Edin Dzeko is not good enough to be considered a world class striker - really??? In last 15 games he score or assist 13 ! So far this season 17 goals – Benzema play every game for Real and score 15 so far ! What you expect from him to run fast as Sergio? Yesterday he jump over Luiz, Cahill, Ivanovic ! He make great contribution to the team ! Find me better player with his physique 193 cm that can run faster and have great shoot with booth legs ! Shame for such words for man who score more than 50 goals in 2 season for City ! His problem is he is not bad guy, so you don’t have article to wrote ! He should burn his house or do something so you will start to loving him!” – Kale_Real, Spain For honest and reasonable people, quite enough! By the way is Negerdo who never won anything, who played 30% more games and scored only 2 more goals then Edin in PL, also passenger !?!
Santa Sa
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05/03/2014 04:42:00

by the way Edin scored 10 in 2014WC Qualifications in Euro zone, 9 in 2010WC qualifications - I wouldn't bet that not one continental manager would take any of the current English strikers over "Bosnian Diamond", how you cynically called him. But who cares, only one thing is regrettable - one third of all City supporters and fans look Edin without English latent racism and/or contempt for "small & insignificant" nations ...
Santa Sa
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05/03/2014 06:03:00

Welcome to VMC Santa Sa, everyone is entitled to share their view mate but I don't think it's fair for you to claim a third of City's fans are racist and/or have contempt for "small and insignificant nations", in fact it's downright absurd. Some of City's fan heroes in the last couple of decades come from "small and insignificant nations", for example Kinkladze, Goater and Dunne.
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05/03/2014 07:44:00

Well, as much as I acknowledge that Edin isn't as talented as some of the others strikers we have, or have had in recent seasons, he's still an integral part of the squad and a very good player. It's all well and good pointing out ''we could do better'' and if you do that the onus is on you to tell us who this would be? Jovetic? Can't get fit. Guidetti? Can't get off the bench at Stoke? A new signing? Gamble.
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05/03/2014 09:03:00

He does miss a lot of chances but at least he gets into the positions to do that, all srikers go through a patch were nothing hits the back of the net and that puts pressure on the player and he starts to miss even the easiest of chances. However once the goals start to come for Edin he will be OK.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/03/2014 08:05:00

Still passenger ?! (25. May '04) Questioning Dzeko for three years, constantly, is downright absurd. (Only in England.) Take him out of City equation and club is still without PL title !
Santa Sa
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25/05/2014 03:50:00


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