Il Tifosi Picks Three To Watch: Part I ~ Edin Džeko

Posted on 21/10/2010


It may only be October, but already newspapers & sites are filled with talk of who Juventus should look to buy in January, & even next summer. This constant circle of rumours, denials & speculation seems to be done only to sell copies or create interest, with a number of sources using these stories to push an agenda against a player – Momo Sissoko seems to be the unfortunate victim chosen this season.
Nothing is more frustrating & this type of story has purposely been avoided here, with only those stories based in fact being discussed. That said there is no denying this current Juventus is in need of reinforcements in order to take it to the next level, & everyone has their beliefs on who the club should pursue in order to achieve this aim.
Rather than second guess Marotta, Paratici & Agnelli’s moves, or put together a tenuous set of circumstances to make a link seem realistic, three players who could truly improve the side have been chosen, each for different reasons. These players will be closely monitored & their progress reported – for “It Ain’t Over….” listeners, think of it as a kind of reverse “Ex-report”.
The first is a player strongly expected to join the club this past summer, & one still continually linked to Juventus on an almost daily basis – Edin Džeko (pronounced “Jeko”). The Bosnian striker stayed at Wolfsburg (these days officially known as “Steve McLaren’s Wolfsburg”) despite being highly expected to move on. Manchester City were known to be interested, & Beppe Marotta has made no secret of his desire to see him in Bianconeri.

So why him? He will be still just 25 when the transfer window opens next summer (due to his non-EU status a January switch is impossible). This is his fourth season in the Bundesliga, & he has notched an extremely impressive 61 goals in 100 league appearances. Add to that 9 in 9 cup games & 9 more in European competition & Džeko has a record for Wolfsburg of 79 goals in 126 (0.63 per game).
At International level the goal scoring continues, capped 29 times & with 16 goals already to his name. He is able to lead the line as a loan striker, form a partnership with a smaller striker like Diego or Zvjezdan Misimović, or play second striker himself – as he did with great success alongside Grafite with who he set a Bundesliga record for most goals (54) in a season, leading Wolfsburg to their first ever league title.
He turns well, creating space for himself and beating markers to unleash shots at goal, & is often praised for his ability to hold up the ball & bring midfielders in to play. However he is equally capable of being more direct if the situation demands it. Džeko is quick, strong & skillful on the ball & possesses good movement in and around the box. Predominantly left footed, he finishes well from both from inside and outside the box, his heading & his right foot have both improved over the past two seasons.
This versatility would be ideal for Juventus, as it would see him able to play alongside any combination of the strikers currently at the club. If he did indeed join the club next summer it would probably be in place of either Quagliarella or Amauri, leaving some great combinations with Džeko, Del Piero, Iaquinta & one of the two already mentioned.
A real goal scorer, a genuine “bomber”, must be a priority to complete a truly competitive squad. This season he has continued where he left off in 2009-10, scoring 5 goals in the 5 games played thus far. With Wolfsburg team-mate Diego & fellow Bosnian Hasan Salihamidžić able to tell him of the good & bad in Turin, Džeko would surely arrive fully aware of what to expect.
Source: Iltifosi
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