VFL Wolfsburg manager Steve McLaren has assured Manchester City that they will see the best of Edin Dzeko but admitted the striker’s qualities may not shine through until next season.
McLaren managed Dzeko at the German club until the Bosnian was snapped up by Manchester City in January. The 24-year-old has scored one goal so far for the Citizens and the former Twente manager believes that Dzeko will become an important player for the Blues when he gets used to life in the Premier League: “I think that Edin, once he learns to settle in England and adapts to the English system, will be a major force, certainly amongst the strikers. He has all the attributes to be a hit in England.”
He continued: “They have got so many good strikers there at Manchester City that of course it will take him time to bed in but I think that he is a player that will be really suited to the Premier League. But you do have to remember that sometimes not all of them settle in automatically. I think maybe – and I hope for Roberto Mancini’s sake that it will be this season – that it may be that you see the best of Edin Dzeko next season.”
SWP to exit.
Shaun Wright-Phillips has revealed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, according to The Daily Mail.
The 29-year-old was tipped to partner up with his old City boss Mark Hughes, currently in charge of Fulham, during the January transfer window but an injury to Blues winger Adam Johnson led to Roberto Mancini holding on to the former Chelsea player.
The England international has made just eight starts for his club this campaign and suggested that he will be heading for the exit of the City of Manchester Stadium when the season is concluded but was quick to add that until that time he will give nothing less than 100% when called upon: “To be quite honest, I’m here for three months and my heart is set on playing well for that period until the end of the season. Until the season is over, there’s nothing much I can really say on the matter. I’m playing for City and that’s the main thing.”
He added: “I don’t feel I can do a job for the club, I know I can do a job for the club and there’s a big difference between feeling and knowing. I know what I’m capable of, so it’s just a question of whether the club want me or not.”
Richards wants to attack.
Manchester City right-back Micah Richards has revealed his desire to get forward more often and provide his team with more attacking options.
The 22-year-old has shown his confidence in advancing up the pitch and hopes to be deployed by Roberto Mancini as more of an attacking wing-back in the near future.
The England international, who marks ten years of service for the Blues this year, told the club’s official website: “I like to get forward, maybe we could use my runs more and give the team an extra boost. I’ve got good pace and power – that is what people know me for.
“We’ve got quality players up front like David Silva, who can create, and Carlos Tevez. He can make something out of nothing.”