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Why Manchester City should hold on to Edin Dzeko

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121632 heroa Why Manchester City should hold on to Edin Dzeko

Bosnia & Herzegovina international striker Edin Dzeko has been linked with a move away from Manchester City this summer, and the Citizens are said to be considering offers for the right price.

What’s more bemusing about the decision is City have endured a season of disappointment and underperforming players, but Dzeko has remained consistent as ever for the majority.

Upon his signing for the Premier League runners-up from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in 2011, expectations were high of the man who scored 66 goals in 111 games in Germany.

His debut season with Manchester City left a lot to be desired – scoring only twice in 15 Premier League games. However, the season after saw him recapture his form and show the Premier League why he was so highly rated in Germany.

Chelsea and Napoli are two sides who have been the most heavily linked with the frontman, but no official approach has been made.

With Manchester City having sold two strikers already this year – Mario Balotelli to AC Milan, and Carlos Tevez to Juventus, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero are the only two senior strikers left at the club. City would be forced to dip in the market to find three replacements should they opt to sell the Bosnian.

Dzeko seemingly possesses every attribute you would look for when choosing a striker. Standing at 6 foot 4, he is very tall, and therefore an obvious aerial threat. He has a strong physique and can hold up the ball well. The 27-year old is a great finisher, and boasts a prolific goalscoring record both at Manchester City and Wolfsburg. Plus, he’s reaching his prime, which is where you would expect him to show his best form for the next two seasons.

At City, Dzeko has made 109 appearances in all competitions, scoring 40 goals. He was the side’s top goal scorer in the Premier League last season (14 goals). And while representing Bosnia & Herzegovina on 46 occasions, Dzeko has scored 27 goals.

His asking price is said to be around £12M, which would be around half of what the Premier League side had originally paid for him only two years ago. Is he really worth taking that much of a loss on? Is Dzeko not worth keeping for Man City? Surely he will only improve for City next season should they hold on to him?

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Comments (6)

  1. When have City said anything about him leaving ???
    He will not go anywhere. He is better than any of the players city are being linked with

    • they have said something his agent as well when they said he’s not leaving nothing to worry about. he was only going if we got cavani

  2. ‘What’s more bemusing about the decision is City have endured a season of disappointment and underperforming players, but Dzeko has remained consistent as ever for the majority.’

    He wasn’t really. Sure he bagged a few goals, but his overall performance levels were quite poor really. His second touch was more often a tackle, he gets beaten to the ball often as a target man. Then when he does have the ball, he’s not the best at holding it up for other players.

    I like him as a player, but he’s not the be all and end all, but his goal tally will improve with Navas regardless.

    The days of City letting a player of his standing go for £12m are a thing of the past either way.

  3. To elaborate on crippycooke’s argument: For the 2012-13 premier league:

    Dzeko 14 goals @ 130 minutes per goal
    Aguero 12 goals @ 162 minutes per goal
    Tevez 11 goals @ 218 minutes per goal

    * Goals scored in the FIRST HALF: Dzeko 8; Aguero 4; Tevez 3.

    * Goals scored in AWAY games: Dzeko 8; Aguero 4; Tevez 2.

    * Defining a KEY goal as one scored when City were drawing or losing at the time of the goal:
    Dzeko 10 key goals @ 182 mins per key goal
    Aguero 7 key goals @ 277 mins per key goal
    Tevez 7 key goals @ 342 mins per key goal
    Indeed, had it not been for Dzeko’s match-winning goals against Fulham, West Brom and Spurs, City’s pursuit of the premier league would have effectively been over by mid-November. It was after one of those games that David Platt highlighted the critical goals Dzeko has scored for City:

    “If you look at Edin’s career for Manchester City, the goals he has scored, he has got a lot of heavy goals, goals that are very important. I remember goals at Blackburn the season before last which more or less gave us Champions League qualification. You look back at last season as well and he got some vital goals. To win the league, Aguero’s goal will always be the one but remember Edin equalised.”

    As regards comparisons with other strikers, if penalties are excluded, Suarez was the only premier league striker with a better minutes per goal performance than Edin Dzeko in 2012-013. For the 2011-12 premier league season, Dzeko scored at a rate of 107 minutes per goal (compared to 111 mpg for Golden Boot winner van Persie).

  4. The idea that Dzeko only offers goals is a myth. For example, courtesy of Opta sports, for the 2012-13 premier league:

    * defensive clearances: Dzeko 17; Aguero 1; Tevez 1.
    * blocked opponents shots: Dzeko 6; Aguero 0; Tevez 3.
    * duels won: Dzeko 126; Aguero 113; Tevez 123.
    * aerial duels won: Dzeko 87; Aguero 5; Tevez 13.
    * goal assists in open play: Dzeko 3; Aguero 2; Tevez 5.
    * clear-cut chances created for others: Dzeko 7; Aguero 5; Tevez 8.

    * Using the Opta definition of assists, the MINUTES PER GOAL INVOLVEMENT (i.e., goals + assists) were: Dzeko 107; Aguero 139; Tevez 127.

    The worst myth concerns Dzeko’s first touch. In fact, Dzeko had fewer unsuccessful touches than Tevez (45 versus 50) and overran the ball much less often than Tevez (1 versus 7).

    Anyone who watches very carefully Dzeko’s goals for Wolfsburg and for City will see that he scores an astonishing proportion with his first touch.

  5. For the amount of time he was given by that lunatic Mancini he was as consistent as anyone would ever be.The way he was treated by mancini i am surprised that he even had that much desire and self composer to score so many important goals.Any team willing to play to his atributes would have a striker who would score 25+ goals a season. I hope that Pellegrini has recognised that.