Manchester City are many people’s favourites for the Premier League title this season, as Manuel Pellegrini has world-class players to choose from in every position.
In attack, the Etihad Stadium outfit has scored the most goals in the division, 54, with Sergio Agüero and Álvaro Negredo forming a lethal strike partnership.
As such, Edin Džeko has been the topic of repeated transfer speculation with the January transfer window round the corner.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has a solid goalscoring record in England since his January 2011 move to the Premier League, but has not been given a consistent run in the team and is used more as a substitute than a starter.
Despite this, Džeko has netted some very important goals over his spell at City. Here is a list, heading towards the current day, of ten goals that the Etihad Stadium club will be thankful he netted.
Notts County 1 Manchester City 1, January 30, 2011
City were on the verge of an FA Cup fourth round upset as they trailed 1-0 to Notts County. However, Džeko hit home an equaliser with ten minutes to go, which resulted in a draw and a replay at the Etihad Stadium. He also scored in the 5-0 victory in the return leg. City went on to win the FA Cup that season in what was the start of their recent run of silverware.
Blackburn Rovers 0 Manchester City 1, April 25, 2011
Following a lean spell after joining the club, Džeko’s first Premier League goal for City came against Blackburn. With the game finely poised at 0-0, the powerful forward was introduced from the bench in the 72nd minute and scored the winner three minutes later.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester City 5, August 28, 2011
Džeko firmly announced himself to the Premier League with four goals in City’s 5-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane at the start of the 2011-12 season. The Bosnian scored a perfect hat-trick and finished his goal haul with a left-footed strike from range.
Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6, October 23, 2011
Despite the plaudits going to Mario Balotelli in the Old Trafford rout, Džeko showed just how lethal a substitute he can be by coming off the bench and scoring twice to round off the emphatic victory.
Wigan Athletic 0 Manchester City 1, January 16, 2012
Džeko headed home the only goal of the game in the 22nd minute, in a nervy showing by the eventual champions. The victory ensured City’s three-point lead over United at the top of the table was maintained.
Manchester City 3 QPR 2, May 13, 2012
Despite Sergio Agüero scoring the late winner to secure City’s first top-flight title in 44 years, it was Džeko who came off the bench and netted the equalising goal to make it 2-2 with only moments to play. Without that, the Argentine’s strike would not have been enough to see City as champions.
Real Madrid 3 Manchester City 2, September 17, 2012
In a scintillating game, Džeko opened the scoring for the English visitors in the second half, which was City’s first Champions League goal of the campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a last-minute winner for the Spaniards.
West Bromwich Albion 1 Manchester City 2, October 20, 2012
With City trailing to a Shane Long goal, Džeko came off the bench at The Hawthorns to score twice and secure three points for the visitors, with the winner in the 90th minute.
Manchester City 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1, November 11, 2012
With the game heading for a 1-1 draw despite City’s dominance, Džeko popped up with another late winner, volleying home in the 88th minute to secure a 2-1 victory.
Manchester City 1 Crystal Palace 0, December 28, 2013
In a tired performance by Manuel Pellegrini’s men last Saturday, Džeko converted the only goal to keep the side’s momentum going and result in three points. It was his 50th goal for the club and may well prove to be a critical one come the end of the season.