Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has challenged Edin Dzeko to replicate the sort of form that saw the club spend £27 million to secure his signature back in January 2011.
Bosnian striker Dzeko, 27, was formidable during a three-year stint with Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg yet has largely failed to re-produce such high-quality performances during his time in the Premier League so far.
And with a plethora of attacking options including new signings Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo now at his disposal, Chilean Pellegrini has warned Dzeko that he must get back to his best if he is to remain in the first-team picture at the Etihad Stadium.
"I told him that if he wants to stay here we must see the player Manchester City bought two years ago," he said. "Dzeko played well against Newcastle – not very, very well because he must score. He worked for the team and had bad luck, and there were some good saves.
"I am confident he will score goals, of course, because he's scored goals his whole career. We have other important strikers so we should be in very good shape."
Pellegrini, who only took the managerial reins at City this summer following the protracted departure of Italian Roberto Mancini, got his time in England off to an absolutely perfect start last Monday night as his side produced an emphatic 4-0 victory over Newcastle United.
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