Edin Dzeko desperate for start

Edin Dzeko, Manchester City strikerManchester City striker Edin Dzeko has admitted that he is desperate to start for his side against Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Bosnian forward came off the bench to save 10-man City’s blushes against West Brom on Saturday, scoring two late goals to give the Premier League champions a 2-1 win against the Baggies at the Hawthorns.

With an important game in Europe against the Eredivisie champions in midweek, Dzeko has stated that he gets the nod to lead the line for Roberto Mancini’s men.

“Everybody wants to start games but we will see,” The Sun quote Dzeko as saying.

“It’s up to the manager to pick the team but he knows I am there whenever he needs me. But I want to play.

“It’s a few more days to that game. It’s important we win. Yes, it’s a vital game,” he concluded.

Dzeko will compete with Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez for a starting berth for City.

David Platt admitted that Dzeko’s performance at the weekend would help his chances of playing against Ajax, but that the side would decided closer to the game.

“Edin will get his starts like every other player will get their starts. He came on and got his two goals and has put himself firmly in the manager’s thoughts for Wednesday.

“But we will pick a team on what we think is right for Ajax and the one after that.

“A lot is said about the players we leave out but there are a lot more variables that go into picking the team apart from who is in form and who isn’t,” the assistant coach concluded.