It’s demanding to select up a fan favourite mantle, particularly when the group addressed their membership their first league title in over a decade.
The adjective ‘underwhelming’ is most likely the perfect phrase to make use of when describing the sentiments of Inter supporters, who have been pressured to wave goodbye to famous person striker Romelu Lukaku in his prime, solely to see 35-year-old veteran Edin Dzeko arrive on a free switch.
The proven fact that AS Roma supporters have been not too disenchanted to see the Bosnian go away (when it comes to his impression on the pitch, relatively than the sentimental connection) was additionally a trigger for concern for them in Milan.
Dzeko had three “good” seasons in six years within the Italian capital, however he didn’t beat double figures in the opposite three league campaigns and revealed the worst statistics for his Roma profession final 12 months on the Stadio Olimpico.
So the hype didn’t precisely swirl round within the San Siro once they changed the 24-goal title winner Lukaku with seven-goal pensioner Dzeko, in what seemed to be a big downgrade and a significant impression on their hopes for scudetto protection.
Remarkably (or not), nonetheless, Dzeko has continued to do what he has finished for many of his profession – displaying that doubters are incorrect. After simply seven video games within the league, he is only one objective behind his whole all through final season – recording statistics which have not been seen because the nice Ronaldo graced the San Siro.
Edin Dzeko is 35 and he is nonetheless superb at what he does?
6 matches in Serie A? 5 targets pic️ pic.twitter.com/xfiuAkKxgo
– Football Alertt (@FootballAlertt) September 25, 2021
Six targets in seven video games inform of a striker who has tailored seamlessly to his new environment and hit the bottom in a means that nobody thought was doable – besides Dzeko himself, after all.
“I expected to start strong, because I know my qualities and that is why Inter signed me. I always give my maximum, regardless of whether I start or come from the bench, says Dzeko to Sky Sport Italia.
Safe – and rightly so. He proved crucial again for Inter on Saturday night, coming off the bench in 58 minutes and turning a loss into a victory within 32 minutes.
Inter looked completely lost during the opening hours against Sassuolo and seemed to be heading for a damaging defeat. But Dzeko transformed their fortune right after they came in and scored with his first touch of the ball.
To doubt that Dzeko is for dummies
– James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) October 2, 2021
The Bosnian made a great run to the far post, read the flight and pace of the Ivan Perisic cross excellently to outsmart his marker and plant a bowed head outside Andrea Consigli. Just like the experienced pro he is, Dzeko grabbed the ball and sprinted back to the center circle.
No time for celebration, no statement about being a sub – this is about the team.
20 minutes later he was up and running again. Dzeko’s experience and awareness put him on a different level than the center-backs who desperately tried to hold him back, and he beat them to a standstill for 78 minutes, waited for the defensive pass and ended up on the wrong side of his marker.
Dzeko is the first player since Ronaldo (1997/98) to score at least 6️⃣ goals in Inter’s first 7️⃣ matches.
Absolutely flying this season. ⚫️?
? stat via Opta pic.twitter.com/rBxlc7ICZ3
– Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) October 2, 2021
Dzeko’s move also surprised Consigli, and the goalkeeper was soon in no man’s land and in a whole world of problems. The forward knocked on contact who arrived, nodded the ball first and hit the deck.
Penalty. Lautaro Martinez stepped forward to take the tributes, but it was entirely up to Dzeko. As the team player he is, the former Roma star used his brilliant cameo as a chance to teach a lesson to those around him, who may mumble a little louder when left out of the team.
“We got here to make a distinction, as a result of that is what the coach asks of us and we have now many proficient gamers who can’t all be on the pitch at the identical time.
“When you come, you have to give more than 100 percent, that’s what we did and it paid off in the end.”
Decisive / Alessandro Sabattini / Getty Images
Dzeko’s signing might not have been glamorous, costly or something near what the Nerazzurri would have wished, however you’ll be able to not doubt the man. He is a constant objective scorer, and given the service, he can be as efficient as another striker within the division.
Time to embrace him, Inter followers. Dzeko is the person.