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Edin Dzeko - Champion Or Passenger?

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.

Writer:Ben Willcock
Date:Tuesday March 4 2014
Time: 8:49AM


Why not both? Like Hernandez a champion coming off of the bench but a passenger if started.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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......
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.
04/03/2014 19:34:00
I agree with adtilson - the bloke is has proved he's not good enough for MCFC.
04/03/2014 23:51:00
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