It would seem that our top target this summer is Edin Dzeko and it’s easy to see why. Aged 24, the Wolfsburg striker was the top scorer in the Budesliga last season, was nominated for the Ballon d’Or in 2009 and was second top scorer to Wayne Rooney in the UEFA qualifying section of the World Cup, despite playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At almost 6ft 4″ tall, this is a striker who is a real threat in the air, but also shows great skill when the ball is at his feet. When I say that, I don’t mean it in a ‘Peter Crouch has got a great touch for a big man’ way either. Dzeko has the pace, power and ability to take players on and the composure to finish the chances he creates for himself.
So if he’s so great then why doesn’t every other club in Europe want to buy him? Well that’s the problem. They do. Throw a stick in the general direction of a top club in England, Italy and Spain and you can bet that they’ve been linked with Dzeko.
He would cost at least £30m, which is a fee we could afford if we shipped out Pavlyuchenko and Keane. It’s not like we’re going to need to bring in several players this summer, so we should be prepared to pay big for the right man who could make a difference for us.
Crucially, Dzeko is able to play on his own up front and I think that Harry will be looking to recruit a striker who can perform in that role. Our midfielders are far more suited to a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 formation, than a 4-4-2, but strikers that can score enough goals when playing alone in attack, are few and far between.
The Verdict: Signing Dzeko should be our number one priority this summer, but you can’t say that we’ll start as favourites for his signature. I’d be mightily surprised if we got our man, but then I’m still getting over the shock of finding out on Teletext that Klinsmann had signed for us. We’ve been known to pull off a shock deal.