The City striker was back in business against the Magpies.
After the big-money signing of Wilfried Bony, Manchester City's new striker duly delivered during his deb...
Oh no, he actually didn't. Indeed, City boss Manuel Pellegrini surprised many by starting Edin Dzeko against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, instead keeping his new striker on the bench at the Etihad Stadium.
The decision paid off. Bony made his Manchester City debut in the second half, anyway, replacing Sergio Aguero.
But Dzeko was one of City's men of the moment. His goal against Newcastle was of the highest quality and many Manchester City supporters were quick to note that the Bosnian is finally looking interested in his football again.
On Twitter after the game, there was a feeling among City fans that, in signing Bony, Pellegrini has got himself a new Dzeko, as well.
John Carver's lethargic Newcastle didn't quite provide the top-class opposition Barcelona may perhaps turn out to be in the Champions League on Tuesday night but the 28-year-old's performance was noteworthy nonetheless.
While Magpies fans, then, were slating Fabricio Collocini on social media - and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer was swearing in outrage (!) - Manchester City were tweeting their praise for Dzeko.
Here's the best of their reaction on Twitter!
So happy with yesterday's win. Yaya's return gave team a much needed boost. Silva,Nasri and Dzeko were very good #mcfc— Piyush (@PiyushMCFC) February 22, 2015
Was so lmpressed yesterday with Edin Dzeko. Played really well. Great to see the team back on form. Come on City.#MCFC— Jean Tomlinson (@BeanietJean) February 22, 2015
#mcfc if only Dzeko would play like that more often ,he could have saved city 30million Bony fee,he looked interested in proceedings.— Richard Jarvis (@BrigadierBlues) February 22, 2015
I'm often critical of Dzeko's first touch but that chest control and finish yesterday was world class. #mcfc— MCFC World (@MCFCworld) February 22, 2015
Dzeko had an unreal first half. You moody little Bosnian beauty. #mcfc— Nicholas Legêt (@nicholasj55) February 22, 2015