So what do you get for £27m? The lowdown on Manchester City’s new striker Edin Dzeko

January 15th, 2011

Edin in the right direction: Dzeko impressed on his debut as City saw off Wolves

Manchester City’s new signing Edin Dzeko made his Premier League bow at Eastlands on Saturday and Sportsmail was there to run the rule over the Bosnia international.


The way he pulled the ball out of the sky before having his first shot after 40 minutes was fantastic.

Two good feet, can use his chest and head as well.

SKILL – 7/10

His lanky frame belies a tricky customer with good feet. A dragback by the touchline that almost put David Jones on his backside bought an ‘Ole’ from the supportive crowd.


At 6ft 4in, he should be a handful. And he was yesterday. Slim in build but not weak, he tussled with Christophe Berra and it was the tough defender who came off second best


Surprisingly didn’t mark his debut with a goal and shot wide with his best opening. Carlos Tevez’s header from six yards for his second goal was where you woud expect to see Dzeko.


Had the vision and awareness you’d expect from a top Bundesliga player. His part in City’s third goal was fantastic, a one-two with Tevez and slide-rule pass for Yaya Toure.


Didn’t seem to be fazed by his debut. Bantered with friend Nenad Milijas of Wolves before kick-off and had confidence to pull out a few party pieces.

Let's get physical: The Bosnian's size helped him dominate Wolves' defence


Tried to sidefoot his first chance rather than blast it, and allowed Ronald Zubar to block. A right-foot effort later went close but lacked blistering power.

STAMINA – 6/10

Was stronger in second half than first, but flagged badly in last 10 minutes.

Just come off winter break in Germany.


Mancini will be delighted. With Dzeko on the pitch, City had an attacking option other than Tevez.

Now, if only they could learn to defend again!


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