Friday, 17 October 2014

PLAYER PROFILE (HORSES FOR COURSES): Dzeko

Nationality: Bosnian
Position - Striker
Current FPL Price: £8.5 million

Can We Play You Every Week? 

Some players have a knack of being a thorn in the side of some teams, like how Kevin Nolan likes playing and scoring against Aston Villa and Steven Gerrard likes doing likewise against Newcastle United, Edin Dzeko boasts an impressive record against Tottenham Hotspur as can be seen in the following section.

Key Attributes & Stats

Dzeko posses good movement, strength, good height and presence.
The Bosnian sometimes gains from other players deflecting attention from him and ultimately making space for him to strike.

Some players really prove to be a are a thorn in some team's side and it seems to be that way in the case of Edin Dzeko against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bosnian international scored in midweek for his country and although he is streaky in terms of finding the back of the net, there is no doubting that the former Wolfsberg man knows where the back of the net is.
  • Dzeko has scored no fewer than 6 goals against Spurs since the 2011/12 season.
  • Dzeko did not feature in Manchester City's home win against Spurs last season (6-0).
  • Dzeko scored 4 goals in one game away at White Hart Lane against Spurs in the 2011/12 season.
  • Dzeko has been involved in a goal (scored/assisted) in only 3 Premier League goals thus far this season.
  • Dzeko is looking to score his first Premier League goal at home since scoring against Aston Villa (4-0) in May.
  • 5 of Dzeko's 6 Premier League goals against the London club came at White Hart Lane.
  • Dzeko has scored the exact amount of Premier League goals this season (2) as he had done at this point last season (2).
  • The majority of Dzeko's Premier League goals last season came from late December onwards.

BRACE YOURSELF - DZEKO LIKES A BRACE

VS HULL CITY (2-4) - 2014/15
VS MANCHESTER UNITED (0-3 & 1-6) 2013/14 & 2011/12
VS ASTON VILLA (4-0) - 2013/14
VS EVERTON (2-3) - 2013/14
VS NORWICH CITY (3-4)- 2012/13

Summary

Dzeko is an enigma but on his day is one of the most clincal strikers in the Premier League, the difficulity for FPL managers is finding those right days and as much as talk of tactics or form, it is genuinely very hard to know when the Bosnian will strike.

Dzeko can be somewhat hot and cold in terms of when he scores but if you are a FPL manager with a spare transfer or two, some money in the bank to replace someone who is not quite at the races, seemingly out of favour or injured, then Dzeko could well be your man.

Stats are self-compliled, mostly from memory, however, some are checked or found through FourFourTwo Stats Zone and BBC Football.

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