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So often City's super-sub, Edin Dzeko has started the last four Premier League games. Four goals in that time suggests he has plenty to offer across the entirety of a match.
Against Fulham, Dzeko proved he is ready to work hard. The Bosnian forward failed to score, but this doesn't tell the entire story. He looked comfortable alongside Carlos Tevez—who also put in a decent shift—and provided City with something a little different going forward.
Dzeko held up the ball well and gathered possession while his teammates galloped forward. He often slowed pace down, looked to both wings and played an accurate pass towards a colleague in space.
While it's difficult to outline who should start between Tevez and Sergio Aguero, Dzeko's physical presence and power means he allows Mancini's team to play in a different way. City have played less intricate football this season and certainly haven't blown many teams away with a free-flowing attacking style, much like they did in 2011-12.
The former Wolfsburg player is likely to be vital as we head into the latter half of the campaign. Right now, Mancini has a decision to make: will Tevez or Aguero partner Dzeko? One thing's for sure, Mario Balotelli's stock is dropping by the game.