As the speculation surrounding Gareth Bale’s future rolls on, Tottenham are putting plans into place which are designed to add to the attacking section of their squad.
The natural assumption with these Dzeko links is that he’s a potential replacement for Bale, but he is a player who could significantly advance Spurs’ attacking unit alongside Bale if the club fails to land Valencia forward Roberto Soldado.
It’s actually a very clever and shrewd move on the part of Andre Villas-Boas for several key reasons.
The most obvious is that he has Premier League experience so there won’t be any settling in period of time where Dzeko looks as though he’s struggling to adapt to English conditions.
He can go straight into the team and play the sort of role currently occupied by Emmanuel Adebayor, who is more than likely going to leave the club before the end of the summer transfer window.
It’s almost a like-for-like swap and you’ll be hard pushed to find many Tottenham fans at the moment who wouldn’t take Dzeko over Adebayor heading into the new season.
Dzeko creates that big, target man sort of presence but he’s a much better player than someone Spurs could simply hit the ball long to, hoping that he holds it up while others flood forward.
He offers aerial presence but he’s been brought up in English football at a club that likes to keep the ball on the floor, dominating possession and building pressure over the opposition.
Dzeko bagged 14 goals last season despite not being a first choice striker at the Etihad Stadium. Given the run of games, in terms of starts, he’d be likely to receive at White Hart Lane, there is no reason why that tally couldn’t go the right side of 20 goals.
The summer arrivals of Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo at Manchester City means Dzeko is probably fourth choice behind both of those players, as well as Sergio Aguero.
An approach from Tottenham could be very difficult for him to turn down with the only obstacles to a potential deal City’s unwillingness to sell to another Premier League rival and the fact the North London club doesn’t have Champions League football to offer.
If Spurs can battle hard, keep Bale and push a deal through for Soldado as well as stealing the transfer of Dzeko then they will certainly have one of the best attacking units in the Premier League.
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