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Three Ideal Destinations For Dzeko

It seems Edin Dzeko’s time in Manchester is coming to an end. He arrived with a lot of expectation thanks to a £27million price tag and many in the football world claimed he would blow people away with the amount of goals he would score. Those people seemed to be right as he was stupendous at the start of last season with a wonderful display at White Hart Lane the highlight but as the season came to an end he faded faster than Paula Radcliffe and Mancini wasn’t worried about knocking him down the order behind Aguero, Balotelli and eventually Tevez.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that unless first team football is guaranteed then he will seek pastures green at another club. Although Bayern Munich are the ones supposedly in pole position, I have come up with three Premiership teams that he could fit into nicely:

  • Tottenham:

As I already said, Dzeko’s best performance in blue was at White Hart Lane last August when he scored four splendid goals each showcasing what a perfect striker should be able to do. Since then he has had some less than perfect performances to say the least but I believe he just needs regular games to become a 20 goal a season striker. Whether he would get that at Spurs isn’t concrete but what is for sure is that Spurs striking department is looking thin.

Dzeko would be a welcome addition to the Spurs front line, as he showed at City, he can play up front on his own or with a striker that fits the physique of Defoe and would love to link up with Bale as much as any Yorkshire man would love to link up with Jessica Ennis. Rumours linking Leandro Damiao to Spurs make Dzeko’s transfer less likely but I think the Bosnian would be a hit in North London.

  • Newcastle United:

With Ba and Cisse around you may be asking why on earth the Toon Army would be looking for another striker? In answer to your hypothetical question I give you the pursuit of Andy Carroll. Alan Pardew seems set on bringing the pony tailed England striker back to his home town but with a £20 million price tag the London Mafia may not be so willing to cough up. Dzeko would probably cost a similar price but the option of a loan would be open to City whereas Liverpool aren’t willing to negotiate.

Newcastle’s tactics in front of goal would suit Dzeko also, as they are used to getting the ball up to Cisse or Ba and bringing it down safely so that Ben Arfa can use his silky skills to cause a riot in front of goal. The question of first team football would loom again but if Pardew can keep Ben Arfa happy on the bench I’m sure he can keep Dzeko happy too.

  • Aston Villa:

Before you stop reading in disgust at this ridiculous proposal please hear me out. Paul Lambert has brought an immense amount of optimism to Villa Park since his arrival and with a big marquee signing like this who knows what could happen. Dzeko could link up brilliantly with Darren Bent, be feed crosses by the frustratingly brilliant N’Zogbia and bring the pace of Agbonlahor into the game as well.

Last year Aston Villa were a bit of a joke but with some players just needing a good motivator to give them a kick up the back side Paul Lambert could get Aston Villa back to the glory days of Martin O’Neil, if he plays his cards right. Edin Dzeko could be the poster child to the start of Villa’s glory days. Obviously money is an issue but a loan deal for the striker would benefit all parties.

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