With Roberto Mancini having exited―taking his desire to bench the Bosnian with him―and Manuel Pellegrini willing to offer the forward a City lifeline, Dzeko would have felt that his chance to nail down a starting spot was within grasp.
Yet after being replaced by Alvaro Negredo at half-time against Hull in the third league game of the season, Dzeko has started just one of the following nine.
With January approaching and Bosnia's first ever World Cup appearance on the horizon, Dzeko is sure to be targeting first-team football ahead of what could be the biggest summer of his career.
So will he be leaving City in January? There are certainly plenty of clubs who'd like to take him.
Here we track the latest rumours linking City's super-sub with a starting berth somewhere else.
LAST UPDATED TUESDAY DECEMBER 3