He is a prolific goal scorer and has dragged us out of some tough situations with crucial goals, none more important than the second against QPR on that famous day.
But despite a good goal return, many City fans are still unhappy with him. He often looks disinterested and can be anonymous for most of the game.
Top clubs are demanding more than “just” goals from their strikers now. Look at Mario Gomez, a goal machine at Bayern Munich, but who contributed little else and was sold to Fiorentina. It can be argued that Dzeko falls into this category.
The arrival of Negredo who is just as prolific in front of goal but works non-stop for the team and puts opposition defences under constant pressure has highlighted Dzeko’s flaws.
What is more frustrating is there are times when you can see just how good Dzeko can be. He didn’t score against Bayern Munich but led the line superbly, making himself a handful for Bayern’s defence. If he played with such vigor and intensity every week, there would be no complaints.
But again – Dzeko scores plenty of goals, a luxury many clubs don’t have with their third choice striker. He has 10 goals in 21 appearances this season, a number of them from the bench. So is the criticism unfair?
City cult hero Shaun Goater chimed in on BBC Radio Manchester yesterday, and was fairly critical of the Bosnian Diamond, but offered advice.
“Someone should put their arm around Edin and explain that the reason the fans don’t always get on with him is because his work rate needs to improve.
“In fact, you know what, I will go and tell him myself.
“In the early days I had similar problems with the City fans because they thought I was too laid back.
“But instead of taking it personally I was determined to rectify it and modelled myself on my team-mate Paul Dickov, who was the hardest-working player at the club.
“I followed him everywhere in training and it worked. In the old days a lot of us players attended supporters’ club meetings and took a lot of stick face-to-face, but at least we knew first-hand where the fans’ attitude towards us was coming from.”
Dzeko has a number of interested suitors across Europe and might flourish more in a team where he is the one-and-only, the centerpiece of the team as he was at Wolfsburg.
But with an attitude adjustment, there is no reason he still couldn’t be a huge part of City’s future. Pellegrini likes him, but will no doubt want more out of him after seeing glimpses of just how good he could be.