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Stamford Bridge side target Etihad Stadium bench warmer.
Chelsea are reportedly looking into the possibility of signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko in January.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina striker has admitted publicly that he is unhappy at his role on the bench at the Etihad Stadium, and feels that his goalscoring record is under-appreciated by Roberto Mancini.
“I was never a super sub before I came to City. I used to play always from the beginning and I scored a lot of goals not as a sub,” said Dzeko.
“In the last few games it’s a situation like this and I am just happy I am scoring goals. But I will never be a super sub. I want to play.”
Perhaps Dzeko has a point. Without his goals, Man City would have ten less points than they currently hold, and crude calculation would leave them in the bottom half of the table rather than challenging for the top spots.
That goalscoring record is something that Chelsea’s current number nine will certainly envy.
Fernando Torres has scored four times in the Premier League this season, but often seems to drift out of games, and his lack of confidence since his £50m transfer from Liverpool has shown little sign of alleviating.
This is a move that could well be a wise one for Chelsea to consider but just how likely is it that Man City would sell a first team player to the West London side who are perhaps the biggest challengers to their Premier League crown?
Edin Dzeko is clearly unhappy about his current role in Roberto Mancini’s plans and even though the Bosnian international has netted five Premier League goals, despite starting just two games, the Italian still prefers to use Argentine pair Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez ahead of the former Wolfsburg man.
Though Fernando Torres has shown signs of improvement and perhaps even an ever growing confidence he lacked in the first 12 months of his Chelsea career, the Spaniard is still perhaps not the ideal man to be leading the line looking to make the most of the ammunition provided by creative midfield talents Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata.
Dzeko is an instinctive finisher who is ideally suited to life in the Premier League and whereas Fernando Torres was once a feared predator it seems an awful long time since he could be considered as such.
Edin Dzeko cost Man City £27m 18 months ago but has thus far made just 26 top tier starts but has still managed 21 goals in the process and there are definite signs that the forward is not happy in his current role and if there is no significant change in his circumstances by the time the transfer window re-opens in January, then perhaps the chance of an exit becomes all the more likely.
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