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Dzeko has agreed a 4½-year deal, though the 24-year-old has not signed in time to make his debut in Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie at Leicester City. Instead his first appearance will come next weekend in the Premier League fixture at home to Wolverhampton WanderersThis is great news for fantasy managers as Dzeko is a world class player that we can grab for incoming transfer money, hopefully 6-something.
It will be fascinating to see how this affects City - and I almost want to convene another blog roundtable. But here are my initial thoughts:
Mancini has been playing possum for the first half of the season just waiting for this. He knew he would get Dzeko in January and has been putting out his teams to get through the first part of the year with the intention of staying in touch with the leaders. Leading the league was probably never in his thoughts, and the fact that they're so close to the top is probably only gravy for him.
Dzeko is a polished Andy Carroll. He can score with either foot, is great in the air. An all-around striker. And he'll be on a team with players that can - and will - get him the ball.
He has to switch to a 4-4-2 with Dzeko and Tevez in tandem. There's too much ego - and too much money - involved for him to do anything else. Barry will likely be the player sacrificed as de Jong and Toure can hold down the middle of the park themselves. Ideally, you'd see Adam Johnson and David Silva swapping flanks and sending in crosses towards Dzeko. Now City are an attacking team with depth and flexibility. Tevez can play as a false nine if Mancini wants to shut down an opponent, or Dzeko can play as a lone striker. Milner, Balotelli, etc give Mancini flexibility as they can play multiple roles through the middle or out wide.
The squad shake up we'll see will also help City. Adebayor can go now. Maybe he stays in England, but I would expect to see him in Italy where maybe he hasn't burned as many bridges. RSC can leave at the end of the month when Balotelli gets healthy again. That's two unhappy players gone. Even if just Adebayor goes, you've got a happier squad with less (not none, mind you.. not near none) propensity for drama.
As you can tell, I think this is THE signing that moves City into being the favorites for the title, in my opinion. Disagree? I would love to hear your take.