Man City striker Edin Dzeko still has a lot to offer Roberto Mancini

Sharethematch.com takes a look at how Edin Dzeko can still be a key player for Manchester City, despite limited game time

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Edin Dzeko (left) signed for Manchester City in January 2011 Photo: kelvingillmor.com

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Dzeko still has a lot to offer City

Manchester City’s four principal forwards are undoubtedly a strike-force that rival any of those assembled across Europe.

Where possible, Roberto Mancini has often employed an all-Argentine strike partnership of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, injuries permitting.

After this duo, the enigmatic Mario Balotelli has undoubted potential, as his performance for Italy against Germany at Euro 2012 demonstrated, but his inconsistent performances coupled with his tantrums means he still divides opinion.

Bosnia international Edin Dzeko is arguably bottom of the pecking order at the Citizens, largely regarded as fourth-choice striker at the Etihad.

Despite many City fans being admirers of his, the Bosnian is realistically a Plan B for City, an aerial option Mancini can throw on in case Plan A fails.

Over the summer, it was rumoured that Dzeko would potentially have to make way for any deal involving Robin van Persie, who later moved to fierce rivals Manchester United for £24m.

In recent weeks though, the Bosnian has illustrated why Mancini was correct to keep hold of the 6ft 3in target man.

Dzeko’s strike against Fulham on Saturday came 68 seconds after coming on with his first touch of the ball, a right-footed thunderbolt into the top corner past Mark Schwarzer, and gave his side the three points.

Before this, in arguably City’s highest profile game in recent memory, it was Dzeko who gave the Blues the lead in the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid, although they did go onto lose 3-2.

Also who can possibly forget his equaliser against Queens Park Rangers in the dying seconds of last season, when we knew the Premier League trophy was going to stay in Manchester, but with what colour ribbons?

Dzeko may not be the most eye-catching or popular striker around, but he clearly has a knack for scoring vital goals and is a valuable asset for Mancini to call upon as City vie for multiple honours this campaign.

Hughes manning a sinking ship

QPR’s season took another turn for the worse on Monday night as some more woeful defending meant they slipped to a home defeat to West Ham, going down 2-1 after giving their visitors a two goal lead.

Today is exactly a year to the day that Fulham beat QPR 6-0 for the Cottagers’ first win of the season and first win under Martin Jol, dishing out a heavy defeat to Hughes just making it all the more special.

When Hughes joined Fulham, the club’s fans were largely delighted because other than the big names that were being touted for the role – Sven-Goran Eriksson’s and the such – he looked like a manager who would could build a bit of a legacy.

But Hughes left, eventually ending up at QPR who narrowly avoided relegation last season, and this year they splashed the cash to try and avoid a repeat. But it is not working.

Júlio Cesar failed to cover himself in any glory, Djibril Cisse failed to fire up top while Park Ji-Sung and Esteban Granero aren’t exactly getting them ticking in the middle.

Not to mention Samba Diakite, who got sent off just 25 minutes after being introduced as a substitute, living up to his early reputation of being rather cynical.

This just goes to show that investing huge money does not automatically result in immediate success.

Meanwhile, Fulham are flying high in the top half of the table. It’s a funny old game.

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