Who is Edin Dzeko?

Manchester City's newest recruit

We all know Manchester City have a lot of money to spend on accruing the world’s best players?

We also know Edin Dzeko has moved to Eastlands to shore up their already impressive attacking line-up.

And we know that the aforementioned Bosnia international has been one of the most-sought after players in the world over the past years.

But while he is a talismanic name bandied about in the transfer market, who exactly is Edin Dzeko and what does he offer the Barclays Premier League side?

“He is a big lad, strong and quick too, he also has good technique,” summates Steve McClaren, who has managed him at Wolfsburg for the past six months.

“But most importantly he is a goalscorer who gets them with his left foot, his right foot, his head. That is what City are getting. He is a good buy for them.”

The 192cm striker has plundered 77 in 107 appearances for Wolfsburg since joining in 2007, helping the club to the Bundesliga crown in 2008/09 with a haul of 26 goals in 29 games.

In fact over the past two-and-a-half seasons he has produced 58 goals and 31 assists.

Couple such potency with the industry and talent of Carlos Tevez as well as the innate ability of Mario Balotelli, and it seems the Blues have secured themselves one of the most fearsome attacking trios in the game.

For Dzeko to be held in such regard marks an implausible turnaround for a player who was a laughing stock in his homeland little over five years ago.

Born in Sarajevo in 1986, the then-midfielder made his breakthrough with FK Zeljeznicar of the Bosnian Premier League and went onto make 40 appearances after making his debut in 2003.

Dzeko, though, failed to establish himself at his hometown club, who deemed him too gangly and devoid of technical ability so promptly let him leave for 25,000 euros.

Yes, the man who has joined Manchester City for GBP27million was available for a fee that would have then translated at around GBP17,000.

The club that secured one of the bargains of the decade was little-known Czech outfit Teplice, who helped Dzeko remove the derogatory nickname ‘Kloc’ once and for all.

The Bosnian slang for lamp-post was an obvious dig at the giant striker and his supposed inability, but at the Sklari his height was utilised and he was soon scoring for fun, playing with aplomb as a forward.

Zeljeznicar’s loss was Teplice’s gain as Dzeko – after a short loan spell with Usti nad Labem – flourished, finishing as the Gambrinus liga’s topscorer at the end of the 2006/07 season.

Such impressive performances at Na Stinadlech attracted the attention of clubs across Europe, but it was Wolfsburg that won the race to secure the striker’s signature in a deal worth 4million euros.

The rest as they say is history.

Dzeko helped the Wolves establish themselves as one of the Bundesliga’s most dangerous sides, thanks in no small part to his freescoring partnership with Brazil international Grafite.

Since the title triumph, though, the Volkswagen-funded side’s fortunes have diminished somewhat, with the club now looking for a complete overhaul to help reverse a worrying decline.

As a result, the future of McClaren and several players are less than secure, while it is hoped Dzeko’s long-mooted move away will aid early preparations for a 2011/12 title tilt.

The deal also allows Dzeko the move he had longed for, although a move to Italian Serie A giants Juventus would have reportedly been his first choice.

However, City have secured the signature of the reigning Bosnian Player of the Year and, should they be able to hone his undoubted talent further, he can prove a major player in their push for the Premier League title.

“We have the chance to win the league this year and the decisive factor could be Edin Dzeko,” said City boss Roberto Mancini. “This player can decide titles and that is why we want him.”

The Italian’s sentiments were echoed by City defender Jerome Boateng, who came up against Dzeko on numerous occasions when plying his trade in Germany.

“Dzeko is a very good striker,” he said. “He played against Hamburg a few times whilst I was there – and he scored.

“I have marked him a few times and it is always a good, physical challenge. He holds the ball up well and knows how to use his body.

“He is not so quick but is very good in front of goal and would work well with our other strikers.”

With such ability and still aged just 24, it looks like City have got themselves a striker that can lead the line for years to come.


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