Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise - and pressure - on Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko ahead of the new season in two weeks' time.
After playing a cameo role in the team for the past two-and-a-half seasons, Pellegrini is set to put his trust in the 27-year-old, telling reporters: "We could've signed other players but I consider [Dzeko] the main striker of the team and I'm sure his performance along the season will be really good."
Dzeko has played nearly half of his games for City from the subs' bench, and despite the likes of Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo joining the squad, it seems they will be the ones fighting for their place, alongside Sergio Aguero, who famously scored the goal which clinched the Premier League title for them back in 2012.
It is a bold statement from the new boss, as the trio of Aguero, Jovetic, and Negredo have cost the club over £80m in transfer fees, although Dzeko himself was a £27m capture back in January 2011.
The ex-Wolfsburg hitman has been handed the 'super-sub' tag in his time at the Etihad Stadium, but he will be hoping to banish that next season with the faith Pellegrini is putting in him.
Only time will tell if it will be a good move from the 59-year-old, but with City starting their campaign playing two of the promoted sides in the first three weeks of the season, Dzeko has the perfect chance to start the season in style.
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