Edin Dzeko has now surely earned his place amongst the Premier League’s most underrated players. It’s a dubious honour for any footballer to earn, but there’s no doubting his often unappreciated talent.
Yes, he joined Manchester City with a hefty price-tag, but high levels of competition upfront, combined with his perceived lack of versatility, have seen him kept on the sidelines when he should be out there scoring goals for fun.
Whilst Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have quick feet, bags of technique and the confidence to take players on, Dzeko is more direct – more of a straight-up goal-scorer. I’d argue that if Manchester City had relied more on this type of player this season, they’d have given Sir Alex a better run for his money. Surely his 14 goals this season are evidence of this?
As it is, Roberto Mancini doesn’t seem to recognise a good thing when it’s presented to him. But maybe Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will.
The Gunners haven’t been able to properly replace Robin Van Persie since he left last summer. They lack a dynamic presence in front of goal. Somebody who looks dangerous whenever they recieve the ball.
The likes of Gervinho and Olivier Giroud are inconsistent to say the least. Whilst both have scored a decent number of goals this season, you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen with the ball at their feet. And please don’t ask Giroud to take on defenders – he’s just not up for the task.
Bringing in a new recruit has become essential and Dzeko, City’s unappreciated goal-scoring genius could be just the man. The Express claim that Arsenal are weighing up a move for Bosnian, who has grown tired of his ‘super sub’ moniker.
Dzeko cost City £27m. As they haven’t fully utilised him, it’s unlikely they’ll look to recoup all that cost, but the Express says that they’ll try. If Arsenal can drive down his price-tag, I’d argue that he would be a good signing.
He’s not a player with Robin Van Persie-like levels of skill, but he’s the kind of player Arsenal need. With a midfield crammed full of talent, all they need now is a player who can get on the end of things and tuck the ball away.
What’s your take? Would you like to see Edin Dzeko swap the Etihad for the Emirates?
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