An earthquake hit Italy on Wednesday night while several Serie A matches were in action but it was immediately dismissed, play resumed and Edin Dzeko continued to storm into opponents’ penalty areas and score goals. Roma managed to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win over Sassuolo to stay two points behind league leaders Juventus. If the Giallorossi are to pose any serious challenge on the Serie A title it is because of Dzeko’s goals. Will he keep his form up though?
Former Manchester City striker Dzeko arrived last season in Rome with a big hype around him. Everyone though that Roma had finally landed a decent striker. However, his first season at the club was disappointing as he missed plenty of chances including ones just three yards away from goal. He scored a mere eight goals in 34 games. While Dzeko can only blame himself for such misses, he does have less support when playing in Italy as strikers in Serie A are most likely to be marked by two players rather than one. This explains why Mohamed Salah, Stephen El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti managed to score plenty of goals. Dzeko distracted opponents while the rest scored goals.
Distracting opponents was not what Roma expected from Dzeko, despite that, he was given another chance this season and the club made his loan move permanent. His brace on Wednesday night raises his tally to 10 goals in 10 Serie A games. In case, he continues to play at this level, he’s likely to become one of very few players who scored over 20 goals for Roma in a single season.
Dzeko who was labeled as a flop last season now leads the goal-scoring charts in Europe’s elite five leagues. Last season, Gazetta dello Sport wrote ‘better a false nine than a failed nine’ in reference to Luciano Spalletti’s 4-6-0 formation but this season has proven otherwise. In fact, the failed nine has changed his fortunes. Can he change Roma’s fortunes and bring the fourth Scudetto to the capital city?