Manchester City: How Man City Helped Edin Dzeko Win EPL Player of the Month

Yoosof Farah@@YoosofFarahSenior Writer IIISeptember 3, 2011

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko: Teammates Almost Won Award For Him
Manchester City's Edin Dzeko: Teammates Almost Won Award For HimMichael Regan/Getty Images

Thanks to the help of his Manchester City teammates and his own finishing ability, Edin Dzeko scored six goals in August to top the scoring charts and win Premier League Player of the Month.

Six goals in three games, at a rate of two goals a game, is no small achievement, with the £27million January signing from Wolfsburg scoring in every game for Manchester City in August as he finally attempts to justify his hefty transfer fee.

The Bosnian's finishing has been exemplary, with his positioning and movement inside the penalty area world class as he contributed half of his team's league goals for August.

However, as the statistics prove, Dzeko's award and fine form to start the season has been mostly down to the fine form of his City teammates.

Five of the striker's six goals were assisted, with his team full of players creating goalscoring chances as the Manchester City players made 11 assists, and sprayed around 1263 successful passes in their first three league games, the third highest in the Premier League.

In the first match at home to Swansea City, Edin Dzeko scored one goal, which came after Adam Johnson's shot was deflected into his path by Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm.

And in that game, it was fairly easy for Dzeko to get into a position to score, as his side had 60.7 percent territorial advantage, meaning most of the action happened in the final third for Man City.

On top of that, his team also had a pass success rate of 80.7 percent, so there was a 4/5 chance that when Dzeko did receive a ball into the penalty area, it would be good enough for him to tuck away if he was in the right position.

In the second match away to Bolton Wanderers, the 25-year-old again scored one goal, which James Milner assisted. 

In that game, Dzeko was always going to get at least one clear opportunity to score. His team had a pass success rate of 82.5 percent, which was exceptionally high in a game where Bolton, a much defensively tighter unit than Swansea, made a high number of interceptions in a scrappy midfield battle in which they could only manage a 71.3 percent pass success rate.

They also had much more possession, seeing 57.4 percent of the ball, again making it much easier for Edin Dzeko to pick up good positions to work a chance on goal.

In the third and final Premier League match in August, away to Tottenham Hotspur, Dzeko was on fire as he scored an incredible four goals.

The first two were assisted by the new signing from Arsenal, Samir Nasri, while his third was assisted by Yaya Toure, and his fourth by Gareth Barry.

In that game, the Manchester City midfield made it as easy for Dzeko as possible, with an astonishingly high pass success rate of 88.4 percent meaning the forward had an almost 9/10 chance of receiving a pass good enough to score from.

His team also had 58.5 percent of the possession, which again made it easier for Dzeko to pick up a good goalscoring position.

So overall, while Edin Dzeko did extremely well to score six goals and win Premier League Player of the Month, he has a lot to thank his Manchester City teammates for doing. 

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