Since joining Manchester City in 2011 Edin Dzeko has had many ups and downs. His goals helped City win their title last season but less than 12 months later he is finding it hard to even get into manager Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI.
The Bosnian has scored just six goals this season and considering that his four and a half year contract ends this summer Dzeko hasn’t exactly performed well enough to deserve a renewal.
Manchester City enter the Easter break in second but if both Arsenal and Manchester United win their weekend fixtures then City could see themselves propping up fourth before their Monday evening game. For a club like City winning the league one year and then finishing fourth or even out of the Champions League places the following year is not considered acceptable.
Pellegrini has come under fire for much of the season and numerous reports suggest he may lose his job this summer with several top managers already named as possible replacements.
Likewise with key players like Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Dzeko all failing to perform to their typically high levels heads are soon expected to roll.
A big summer clear out has been suggested and Dzeko may well be on that list.
Dzeko has been linked with a move to Italian champions Juventus perhaps along with Steven Jovetic in a bid to lure midfielder Paul Pogba to the blue side of Manchester.
At 29 Dzeko is reaching the latter stages of a forwards career. After 30 many clubs will only commit to giving a player a year-long deal so Dzeko would be wise to pick a club where he believes he’ll get regular playing time rather than big money to sit on someone’s bench for 12 months.
Dzeko has always had to fight for the number one striker role. As soon as Sergio Aguero arrived seven months after Dzeko initially signed he had to take a back seat to a player who is arguably one of the world’s best. Since then most of the accolades have gone to the Argentine. Things have only gotten worse with the arrival of Wilfried Bony from Swansea City as Dzeko is now the Sky Blue’s third choice behind both Bony and Aguero.
Dzeko is a very capable striker but his talent hasn’t always been obvious at the Etihad. For Bosnia at international level the forward has scored 41 times from 71 matches while for City he’s found the net 50 times from 125 appearances.
A move away from England to a less competitive but somewhat respected league like Serie A seems the best option for Dzeko rather than wasting more time trying to win over a club that would rather spend time and money hiring and firing players in their search for the perfect forward.