Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is fondly remembered by most Manchester City fans for his clutch goals during a period of new-found success for the Blues.
Dzeko signed from Wolfsburg at the beginning of 2011 in a £27 million deal and initially struggled, but the goals soon started to flow. His crucial goals in the 2010-11 FA Cup winning campaign and both Premier League winning seasons helped City fans enjoy moments they had only dreamed of for years.
But despite that, Dzeko was often in and out of the side and prone to inconsistency. Now 31, the experienced striker is one of Europe’s most prolific goal-scorers with 35 goals in 43 games for Serie A side Roma this season.
Dzeko’s final season at Manchester City was poor, with 6 goals in 32 appearances, but replacing him with Wilfried Bony turned out to be anything but an upgrade.
The ‘Bosnian Diamond’ gave an exclusive interview to The Independent today and commented about his time at City, speaking positively of it, but there was a hint of frustration and a feeling that he could have achieved more.
“Imagine if I’d played all the games from the beginning, how many goals I’d score,” Dzeko said jokingly.
“I was in a team with some great, world-class players, so it’s not easy to play every game, which I understand.
“But even with that, I could have done more if I had played more. Everything was good for me, I have so many good and positive memories. But I could have done more.”
Who can forget Edin putting four past Spurs in perhaps his best individual performance during a four and a half year spell at City? He certainly remembers it.
“I remember one time, I scored four goals against Tottenham, when we won 5-1, and the next game I was on the bench for 90 minutes,” Dzeko recalled.
“Aguero scored three goals and we won 3-0. I think Roberto Mancini wanted to rest me for the next game, but in those moments I think you just have to let strikers play. It’s a shame – sometimes I was on the bench even if I was playing well.”
Dzeko will certainly go down in Manchester City history as a player who scored big goals at important moments, but the man himself continues to wonder what might have been had he been a fixed regular in the side, like he is now at Roma.
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