Is Mancini Missing A Trick Here, Or is It Simply Agent Talk As Usual?

With first team option at Manchester City diminishing, Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is the subject of interest from Serie A champions Juventus.

Dzeko arrived at City in January 2011 having earned himself a dazzling reputation as he scored 85 goals in just 142 games for Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, and expectations were high as he headed to the Etihad Stadium.

But a combination of patchy form and stern competition for striking places mean that Dzeko has been on the outskirts of the side, prompting speculation of a move away from the club, including being linked with AC Milan and Zenit St. Petersburg.

But now Serie A giants Juventus have had a bid rejected according to reports, as they look to beef up a strike force that was disappointing last season – the weakest part of their team as they went the entire season unbeaten. Alessandro Matri, Marco Borriello and Fabio Quagliarella could all be plying their trade away from Turin next year, and the Bianconeri have even been heavily linked with an audacious move for Arsenal’s wantaway hitman Robin van Persie.

Dzeko hasn’t been brilliant for City, but his contributions shouldn’t be ignored. 16 goals in 45 starts works out as 1 goal every 3 games – not a bad record for a striker.

Now I know 4 of those goals came in one game against Spurs, but he really showed what he could do that day. City don’t really play driving wingers that cross the ball in, rather using technically gifted players that pass the ball around the box.

If City were to cross the ball into the box a little bit more, would Dzeko thrive? His aerial ability is probably his strongest asset – maybe Roberto Mancini will look to use that more this season. If so, Dzeko could be the man to spearhead City’s bid to retain the Premier League title.

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