Since his move to Manchester City in 2011, Edin Dzeko has been a bit-part player, almost regardless of his form.
Even when given runs in the side, he seems to rarely have the potential to last for a full game or provide the complete performance.
With an excellent goalscoring record and now the top scorer for Bosnia, he has regularly popped goals in for both his national side and, previously, Wolfsburg before his big move to the Premier League.
His record at Manchester City isn’t poor: nearly a goal every two games and 33 goals in 58 games for his country.
A player that offers a great production rate on paper, but seems to always be close to exclusion from City.
In the declining health of the ‘poacher’ variety of a striker, Dzeko seems to have been clenched into that bracket despite being rather more complete than many of other ‘similar’ players.
In the days of one up front being heavily in vogue, having a player who becomes so detatched when either out of possession or during build-up play, managers now prefer to see these players as a bench option, however lethal their strike rate may show.
Perhaps a matter of personality with Dzeko, each time he starts he fails to impress all too often and leaves the side weaker in midfield without the complete impact of Alvaro Negredo or Sergio Aguero.
His mobility is not the same as either, leaving his position alongside Negredo making their frontline seem a tad one-dimensional and continually linked with moves away from the Etihad, but would any big side make a player of his ilk their starting number nine right now?
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