Edin Dzeko may have saved his Manchester City career

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Edin Dzeko may have just saved his Manchester City career with a brace against Chelsea over in the USA.

The teams met in a friendly match as part of a tour to please the sponsors and Dzeko’s brace helped Manchester City come back to win 4-3 after going 3-0 down during the game.

Dzeko is being heavily tipped to head off to Napoli in a part exchange deal for Edinson Cavani but his dominant performance in the second half against Chelsea may cause Manchester City to think twice.

Dzeko has been forced to play second fiddle to Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero at the Etihad but he offers the current side something very unique with his good eye for goal, for a player who bases a lot of his game around height and strength.

What makes the idea that City want to get rid of him is the fact that he came up with a very respectable record of 14 goals in 32 Premier League appearances last season, with 16 of those appearances coming as a substitute.

A lot depends on whether Manuel Pellegrini is confirmed as City’s new boss but if he feels as though he’s playing for his Manchester City future, then he’s doing a very good job of it at the moment.

Pellegrini may not discard Dzeko in the same fashion as Mancini did for much of the season and he could turn out to be even more prolific than he already is if Pellegrini nurtures him in the right way.

You do have to take his goals against Chelsea in this sold out friendly in the USA with a pinch of salt because it is just a friendly match.

The fact Chelsea let a three goal lead slip is undeniably poor, but they surely would have put up a better fight if the match actually meant something and the players weren’t already thinking about their summer holidays.

If it’s set in stone that he’s going to Napoli then he’s at least made himself a bit more valuable to the club, which gives them extra weight in any swap deal for Cavani, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League for most of the season.

It would be a shame because he doesn’t appear to have done anything wrong at the club, as he’s taken his chances when he’s been given them and he’s proven himself to be a valued squad player at the very least.

It makes sense for City to try and hang onto him even if they sign Cavani, because that would leave the club with a core of four very good strikers.

However, Dzeko is at that stage of his career at 27-years-old where he won’t want to be the fourth choice striker, he’ll want to be the main striker.

Therefore, regardless of the fact he scores goals freely and engineered City’s comeback in this friendly win against Chelsea, he’ll more than likely be shown the exit door unless Pellegrini transforms his squad status and immediate fortunes.

Is Dzeko doing enough to get ahead of Tevez and Aguero?

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