The Resurrection of Edin Dzeko.

Edin Dzeko had always been a well-respected striker in the world of football; brilliant stints at Wolfsburg (leading to a Bundesliga title 2009 against all odds) and Manchester City (winning the club’s two only Premier League titles) are a proof of that. But after a horrific first season at AS Roma, where he became a target of memes, criticism and being branded as a waste of money, the Bosnian is now in the best moment of his career and looking like one of the game’s finest and deadliest strikers

Since 2016, Dzeko has scored 49 goals in 62 matches for Roma. That’s insane for a player that is going to be 32 next year and it’s not named Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Even in his best Wolfsburg and City years, he didn’t score this much, which is a testament itself to the man’s outstanding moment of form. So, what are the reasons behind Dzeko’s resurrection? We decided to have a look and this is what we found.

  • That first season was a fluke. Edin Dzeko has scored in every league and team he has played in with outstanding consistency, so that first season at Roma could be considering just a fluke for a footballer so used to performing in Europe’s finest leagues and who was adapting to one of the most tactical leagues in the entire world.

 

  • The influence of Luciano Spaletti. His second manager at Roma and a man known for improving players, Spaletti was vital to not only increase Dzeko’s goalscoring prowess at Rome, but also turning him into a forward with the capacity to draw back and provide play for the team–something he keeps doing even now with the new manager, Eusebio Di Francesco, and that’s a vital element of his playing style nowadays and it’s something that allows to have much better movements to score.

 

  • The playing style. Roma has been playing offensive football with their last two managers, Spaletti and Di Francesco, transforming this team into one of Europe’s most offensive clubs, creating a lot more chances than the rest. So this obviously has a major influence on Dzeko: he has a lot more chances to score from and that makes it a lot more helpful for him.

 

  • Plain hard work. Dzeko has mentioned how hard that season has been for him and he explained that it was a new experience not being able to score as often as he usually does, so he decided to work extra hard to have a great 2016/17 season and, boy, he did, scoring 39 goals (his personal best). So we could say it’s also a matter of playing hard work for the Roma striker; coming from his worst season to his best it’s not something everybody can do.

Edin Dzeko’s resurrection at Roma is a testimony to what dedication and perseverance can do during professional turmoil and it’s something every young footballer should look at during times of upheaval, performances-wise.