Edin Dzeko: City slicker or £27m flop?

Edin Dezko arrived at Man City last season under a big £27m price tag and with a big rep as a golascorer to boot. After netting goals for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga at an average of one every 136 minutes, he was expected to hit the ground running at Eastlands. Unfortunately for the 25-year old Bosnian, it just didn’t happen for him in the second half of last season in the blue half of Manchester. With Carlos Tevez wanting to find pastures new to play his trade and rumours of Mario Balotelli being farmed out back to Italy, Edin Dzeko has to prove last season was merely a settling in period.

Edin Dzeko was a goal-getter in Germany

In just over three seasons in the green of Wolfsburg, Edin Dezko scored 77 goals in 122 appearances for the club. After scoring 8 times in his first season, he would go on to guide the club to the Bundesliga title in his second season, scoring 26 times in 32 Bundesliga matches – a goal just over every game as his strikes arrived every 101 minutes.

Winning the Bundesliga would put Wolfsburg in to the Champions League and it was his 4 goals in 6 matches, which included two against Man Utd, that would put Edin Dzeko on the radar of Europe’s top clubs.

2010/11 – A tale of two seasons

After shining in the Champions League, 2010/11 was a mixture of two seasons for Edin Dzeko. The first half of the season at Wolfsburg he was brilliant, scoring 10 time in 17 matches. Then came the big money move to Manchester City and Dezko struggled. He would make 15 appearances for Man City in the Premier League and would only score twice. Not good enough for a man who is tall, strong and with a deft touch who was supposed to be well suited to the Premier League’s style of play.

Suddenly, goals like this were a distant memory:

Settling in Period

In a recent interview, Edin Dzeko told reporters he had trouble moving countries, dealing with the physicality of the Premier League, and with the price tag that came with him:

“I was sick of all the talk about the transfer. It had got to my head a little bit”

He also added:

“The Premier League is different. The players are much stronger and much faster. After a few games when I first came, I realised the referees don’t whistle for many things. It’s not like that in Germany – with every small contact there’s a foul.”

Will Edin Dzeko be back on the goal trail?

With a handful of games last season to acclimatise to life in the Premier League, and after a full pre-season, Edin Dzeko will be expected to live up to his £27m price tag. The Premier League is full of players who took time to acclimatise after moving from overseas, but for Dzeko, playing for a club that is demanding success, the time has to be now. This is a big season as the club will be expecting a return on their investment, otherwise it’ll be the end of his time at Eastlands.

After scoring 8 goals in his first season in Germany after moving from the Czech league, Edin Dzeko went on to bang in the goals for Wolfsburg over the next two seasons. City will be relying upon him to do the same.

If Carlos Tevez is indeed “never going to return to Manchester” and Mario Balotelli is sliding down Roberto Mancini’s patience scale, then Dzeko will get an opportunity to show that he was just settling in to life in the Premier League last season.

The one factor that may hinder his chances; he will have to compete with Kun Aguerro for playing time if City complete the transfer of the talented Argentinean. However, Dzeko is a different style of player to Aguerro and knows his way to goal, so given his chance, Edin Dzeko will be a big hit in the Premiership.

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One Response to Edin Dzeko: City slicker or £27m flop?

  1. Santa March 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    And he really is, isn’t he !?