Manchester City could be set to offer up Edin Dzeko as part of a deal to sign Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling. Rob Lyons writes that this is something Dzeko should jump at if the opportunity presents itself.
With reports last week suggesting that Sterling could go to the Citizens as part of an £80 million package, the Daily Star are now suggesting that the England international may go in a cash-plus-player deal with Dzeko possibly lining out in Anfield next season.
If this story is to be believed, it is just one more occasion that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has been found to be surplus to what is needed at the Etihad. Since joining from Wolfsburg in January 2011 the 29-year-old has consistently been underrated and not utilised as much as he should have been.
Having played 189 games in all competitions for City, he has scored an impressive 72 times.
His clear ability to score, even when not playing a full ninety minutes for a sustained period of time has, to a large extent, been set to one side when looking at how much fate is put in the striker to be considered the main man in City’s forward line.
Last season Dzeko played just ten league games in their entirety out of 31 appearances. Despite this, he scored an impressive 16 goals.
This season, in 22 league appearances, two of which lasted the full 90 minutes, Dzeko scored four goals. This is a significantly reduced goal tally, but is also a fraction of the previous season’s playing time.
The one recurring theme in Dzeko’s time at City however, has been that he has not been rewarded with a sustained stint in the Citizens’ starting line-up.
This writer cannot claim to know how content Dzeko is at the club on a personal level but his lack of continued involvement when showing fantastic form must be irritating.
With a deal now supposedly on the table, this writer firmly believes he should grasp any opportunity to go to Liverpool with both hands. At least at Anfield, along with Daniel Sturridge, he would be the club’s main striker, whereas at City, even if he proves he’s worthy of a more starts he may not obtain them.
He has been chewed up but not quite spit out at City for the past four and a half seasons. Liverpool would not be the worst place to finish off his Premier League career.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena