Dzeko deal ends City's window shopping

 

Edin Dzeko may make his Manchester City debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, according to his new manager, Roberto Mancini. Dzeko's signing was confirmed on Friday night but it was too late for him to participate in City's 2-2 FA Cup draw with Leicester City on Sunday, which he watched from the stands.

He will be eligible, however, for this weekend's Premier League match at Eastlands when Mancini intends to deploy him. Dzeko will offer a contrast to City's other strikers and Mancini sees him as a player who could make a difference over the rest of the season. "Dzeko will be an important player for us," Mancini said yesterday. He is different from the other strikers we have. He is one more choice for me. He will be very important for the rest of the season."

Dzeko's £27m arrival came after months of pursuit, and Mancini confirmed that his arrival would signal the end not only of this chase but to all player recruitment this January. "Dzeko was on our radar from last summer because we wanted to buy him," the manager said. "We buy him now. Will there be any more signings [in January]? I don't think so."

During the draw with Leicester, City fans paid tribute to Neil Young, who scored in the 1969 FA Cup final between the two teams and who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The supporters wore red-and-black scarves, the colours City wore in that Cup final.

James Milner, who scored on Sunday, said that he had been impressed by the fans' tribute and hoped to win the Cup in Young's honour. "The fans' tribute was very good and the fans were out in force supporting us again. It's nice to get that level of support every week. It would be nice to win the FA Cup for Neil," Milner said.

"We are desperate to win a trophy. It's been a long time and we are geared up to win things. It's been a long time and we want to win a trophy, so we will keep working hard and taking it a step at a time.

"Winning the Cup would be the ultimate way to make a tribute to Neil. We have to finish the job with Leicester first, but hopefully we can keep going."

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