Under the management of Roberto Mancini, Edin Dzeko often struggled to find himself in the starting XI, as the Italian's favoured partnership was Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.

Then came the signing of another striker in the form of Argentina's Sergio Aguero, which hindered Dzeko's options even more. Now with the arrival of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, will he find himself on the bench once again?

Dzeko is a natural goalscorer and has proved this over recent years in Germany and the Premier League, averaging a goal every two matches. Nothing to convince a manager to keep him on the bench.

He has featured in 248 matches since his move from the Czech Republic to Germany in 2007, and the Bosnian has scored a total of 125 goals. 

Towards the end of the last campaign, Dzeko found himself on the bench more and more under Mancini, and was soon being labelled a 'super sub' by many City fans after scoring numerous goals from the bench.

Understandably, Dzeko wanted more from his manager - he wanted Mancini to have faith he could start and finish games whilst showing his goal scoring ability.

Dzeko only made 11 starts during 2012/13 in the Premier League, something he will be hoping to improve on under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

He finished the season with 14 league goals, the same tally he hit the season previous, and now he will be more determined than ever to reach the 20-goal mark.

The Bosnian striker will be eager to impress Pellegrini during pre-season and prove that he is worthy of a start come August 17 ahead of the two new-boys, if he can stay injury free.

There is much speculation over Dzeko's future, but with 34 goals in 85 appearances, City would be foolish to let him sit on the bench once more and ultimately force him to find first-team action elsewhere - a decision which could come back and haunt them.


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