Edin Dzeko has a big role to play in Man City’s title challenge.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is adamant that Edin Dzeko has a vital role to play in next season’s title push, reports The Telegraph.
“I spoke two weeks ago with Dzeko when he was on holiday and he does not have any problems,” said City’s new boss.
“He will stay here. For me, he’s a very important player. I’m sure that he will give this year the performances to show what he can do.”
Dzeko has had a mixed career at City since his £27m move from Wolfsburg in 2011. The 27-year-old has scored 40 times in 106 appearances, including 14 in both of the last two league campaigns. Many of these goals were scored after he came off the bench, which to him being described as a ‘supersub’, much to his own annoyance.
Pellegrini’s comments indicate that Dzeko will be used in a centre-forward role, with Sergio Aguero possibly playing in a more withdrawn second striker position. Dzeko’s power and exquisite finishing make him a perfect fit for this position, enabling the more creative players to dictate play around him.
Dzeko’s ability in the air would also compliment the crossing of new £15m recruit Jesus Navas, and the Bosnian forward will no doubt be hungry to start the season after his new manager’s comments.
Here’s how City could line up next season, if Dzeko is used in a pivotal role: