Hit and mostly miss: City strikers
Edin Dzeko's likely exit is just the latest example of City's failure to find an effective and reliable strike force. Of the forwards brought to the club since Sheikh Mansour's takeover in 2008, only Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez can claim to provide value for money.
Waste of money
Robinho £32.5m from Real Madrid. Games: 53, goals: 16. Wages: £160,000. Sold to Milan for £22m
Emmanuel Adebayor £25m from Arsenal. Games: 45, goals: 19. Wages: £175,000 (£70,000 currently paid by Tottenham). On loan at Spurs.
Roque Santa Cruz £17.5m from Blackburn. Games: 24, goals: 4. Wages: £90,000 (an unknown amount currently paid by Real Betis). On loan in Spain
Craig Bellamy £14m from West Ham. Games: 51, goals: 15. Wages: £90,000. Free transfer to Liverpool.
Mario Balotelli £24m from Internazionale. Games: 59, goals: 27. Wages: £120,000. Still at the club.
Worth the cost
Sergio Aguero £38m from Atletico Madrid. Games: 43, goals: 28. Wages: £200,000. Still at the club.
Carlos Tevez £47m from Manchester United. Games: 97, goals: 57. Wages: £200,000. Still at the club.
On his way?
Edin Dzeko £27m from Wolfsburg. Games: 62, goals: 24. Wages: £100,000. Still at City, but for how long?
ANY player wants to be appreciated and to be treated fairly. But Ian Herbert attributes to City **** the claim that "he (Edin Dzeko) is a player who needs to be loved". Repeatedly used in the case of Emanuel Adebayor, this latter expression is, to my mind, a rather unpleasant way of suggesting a weak personality. Well, anyone who has doubts about the strength of Dzeko's personality should read about his upbringing during the Bosnian war;
certainly he will not be intimidated by the behaviour of Roberto Mancini.
The last Sunday Supplement provided stark insights into the shallowness of English football correspondents (and perhaps into the state of the
English national team). On the one hand,
there was a serious discussion of England starting with Andy Carroll; on the other, Dzeko was dismissed out-of-hand as not good enough for City or for the Premier League. Yet, according to the Castrol Edge Player Rankings of Europe's top five leagues, Edin Dzeko is no. 8, whilst Carroll is no. 648 (Balotelli is no. 124, Torres is no. 266).
Of course, any simple ranking is suspect. However, proper research by a serious journalist would soon establish that, during this season, Dzeko still has one of the best goals per minute in Europe; that he has one of the best away scoring records in the Premier League; that, along with Robin Van Persie, he is one of the few top strikers who can score with BOTH feet (not to mention their heads); that Dzeko has a more than respectable number of assists to his credit; that Sergio Aguero's strike rate is far higher when he is partnered with Dzeko that with Mario Balotelli; etc, etc. Sadly most English football correspondents eschew genuine research and seldom think for themselves.
D€LUX je napisao/la:Znam da je tema dzeko al posto mu je kolarov najbolji jaran nasao sam na internetu nesto smijesmo oplako sam ... ma da ja u tunnel cam nisam to primjetio
Ovo je neki lik napisao na bluemoonu
Noticed it a lot this season how funny he is. Did anyone see in the tunnel cam on Sunday, the team was just about to go out and were boisterous when the Premier League/Barclays guy told them to calm down so they could get the timing right and in his deep, serious toned eastern european voice he shouts something like "hey we won the league for the first time in 50 years, dont tell us to calm down, fucking hell" haha.
juznjak> je napisao/la:Neki spanci pisu da je vidjen na aerodromu u Malagi
Trenutno korisnika/ca: / i 4 gostiju.