Along with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, City had four top class strikers to go into a maximum of two slots, and even with Tevez and Balotelli's various indiscretions, Dzeko has never really been considered as a starter under Roberto Mancini.
However as the season inches toward its climax, Manchester City have found the men they relied on the bring them the title last year have struggled to replicate their performances, with Yaya Toure and David Silva drifting in and out of games, and Sergio Aguero struggling with fitness and form. With Balotelli now at AC Milan, and Tevez also out of nick, Dzeko has recently become a regular starter, and he has shown again that given the chance he will score goals.
In their last seven league matches, Dzeko has started six times and scored six goals. Despite only starting eleven league games this season, Dzeko is City's top scorer in the competition, notching a quarter of all their goals in the Premiership this season.
Whether starting or coming off the bench, Dzeko has been a threat, and the Bosnian has one of the best goals per minute ratios in the division.
Whether or not City consider him to be good enough for the club in the long term, he is the man they should look to play for in the final few weeks of the season.
They have an excellent chance of winning the FA cup, and should at least be able to nail down second place in the league. Dzeko would be a star at most teams around Europe, and is the man in form at City.
Mancini should use him as the route to success in their remaining matches, starting with Chelsea’s visit this weekend.
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