Martin Keown- Edin Dzeko can star for Manchester City

Last updated : 13 January 2011 By Daily Mail

I've watched a fair bit of him in the Bundesliga on ESPN and he has all the attributes to help City's challenge for the title

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Dzeko looks very impressive. A lot of the goals I have seen him score came after getting on the end of crosses. In fact, 30 of his 32 league goals for Wolfsburg came from inside the penalty area.

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He finishes well with both feet, is very strong and brings people into the game well. Although the Bosnian is essentially right-footed, he can improvise to put away awkward balls. I have seen him chest difficult balls down and then score with half volleys a few times.

He is good in the air and always on the move. Like all the best strikers, he has a knack of being in the right position when the ball comes into the box.

That makes him so tough to mark. In his Champions League games and matches for Bosnia, I've seen strikes from distance, too, and cool finishes where he has dinked it over the goalkeeper. I like the fact that he does not panic in one-on-one situations like so many players.

I spent some time trying to draw a comparison with other players and he is somewhere between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alan Shearer. He is upright in his movement, like Ibrahimovic, but he is more of a goalscorer and more nimble.

New kid on the block: Dzeko shown in training with Emmanuel Adebayor

Will City have to change?

Roberto Mancini will have to do his part to make this work because, unlike Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz, this is his signing.

City set up quite defensively but they have one of the best strikers in Europe now and he might want to adjust his system to provide him with the crosses he needs.

There will be pressure on James Milner, David Silva, Adam Johnson and the full backs to get the service right. At City, the manager plays wingers on the opposite side to their stronger foot, which means they are often cutting inside rather than putting balls in the box. That might not play to Dzeko's strengths.

Mature for his years

Dzeko seems mature for a 24-year-old and is probably capable of handling the extra pressure of playing for City. His maturity means he should fit in better than Adebayor.

Adebayor has had his troubles, Mario Balotelli looks like he has demons all around him and his body language is a bad role model for children, while Carlos Tevez has been involved in incidents that he won't be proud of when he looks back.

But Dzeko seems calm and it appears he doesn't have any big hang-ups. He could be a breath of fresh air for the club and the best signing they have made someone to rival Tevez.

Loves the lingo

Dzeko's football intelligence is important but the fact he can already speak English will be a massive help.

I like the fact he has had a little pop at Manchester United already he is embracing the rivalry.

Speaking the language makes a big difference. Thierry Henry was one of the quickest learners. He didn't speak much English when he arrived but he was more or less fluent in two months. Patrick Vieira could speak good English, too.

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It means you get an understanding of what the manager is trying to do, what the tactics are and what is in the team talk. It is very important.

I remember playing with Silvinho and he was like Manuel from Fawlty Towers all he could say was 'OK, OK'.

I used to have to use Nelson Vivas as a translator because I would tell Silvinho to do something and he never did it. So I would think that Dzeko should be able to gel with his team-mates better because of speaking English.

How do opponents deal with him?

Dzeko is going to be a nightmare for defenders. As well as being big and strong, he can finish and there is a certain arrogance in his play. Although he is excellent at finding space, he will be marked more tightly over here.

The first time you play against someone who is new, you have to put down your marker. That way he knows he is not going to get any change the next time you meet.

I remember playing against Gianluca Vialli when he was at Chelsea and every challenge I made on him was my way of  saying 'Welcome to the Premier League'.

You can't be frightened of these guys you have to lay down the law.

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