Dzeko hails new Manchester City strike partner

The Bosnia international feels that Stevan Jovetic has the potential to be an important player for the club, and has settled in well.

There have been big changes at Manchester City this summer – a new manager after four years and four new big-name signings. There is a real sense of expectancy around the Etihad Stadium for the upcoming campaign, with many touting City to be re-crowned as Premier League champions this season.

One new face at the club is that of Stevan Jovetic, who has moved from Fiorentina after outgrowing the Stadio Artemio Franchi outfit.

New team-mate Edin Dzeko has said that Jovetic’s addition is a real plus for the club, and the attacker can play a major role for City this season.

“We all know how Jovetic played in Italy,” Dzeko told Anadolija.

“He’s the right reinforcement for our team. He plays close to me and I’m very happy because of that.

“I believe that we’ll work well together. He already feels at home. It was easy for him to adapt as he has me, Matija (Nastasic) and Aleksandar (Kolarov) here.

“We are fully prepared for what is coming. Day by day, we’re getting better. We’ve made some new signings, who are quality players.

“We all hope to do better in the Premier League and also the Champions League. We have to do better in Europe this season.”

The competition to start for City in attack will be fierce this season, with Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero also in the mix for a place in the side. The two eastern Europeans on paper may well have to play second fiddle to Aguero and Negredo, but certainly have the ability to make the starting places their own.

After a slow start to his time in England, Dzeko has proven himself as a consistent goal threat – the problem is that he has failed to command a regular place in the City side for any length of time. Manuel Pellegrini seems to have taken a shine to the former Wolfsburg man however, and chances are that Dzeko will lead the line in City’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.

Jovetic may well find it harder to break into the side, despite his ability, due to the presence of Sergio Aguero. It looks likely that these two will fight it out for a place as the supporting striker to Dzeko or Negredo, and Aguero’s quality has been there for all to see in his time in England.

Jovetic is a mercurial talent, however he will need to adapt quickly to new surroundings and a different style and speed of play in England. Technically he is more than able, and if he can count on the other Eastern Europeans at the club to help him settle in, Jovetic could be a star for City this season.

With these four strikers at his disposal, Pellegrini has a tough decision to make in whom he selects in attack – as City have the strongest options up front of any team in the division.

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