Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes he has three of the best strikers in the business.
While Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have been grabbing much of the attention, leading Manchester United clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, Mancini has warned that reigning champions City have their own lethal trio.
Edin Dzeko was recalled to the starting XI at Norwich on Saturday and repaid his manager’s faith with a quick-fire double to put the visitors 2-0 up inside four minutes.
Argentina forward Sergio Aguero was also on target in the 4-3 win, which was achieved despite the dismissal of midfielder Samir Nasri and kept City seven points behind leaders United.
Carlos Tevez was left warming the bench at Carrow Road, but could come back into contention for the home game with Stoke on New Year’s Day. Where the erratic Mario Balotelli fits in is for Mancini to decide, but the former Inter Milan boss is enjoying the sight of Dzeko, Aguero and Tevez terrorising defences.
He said: “We changed against Norwich because we played three games in six days and needed to have fresh players, but we are sure that all of our strikers can start to score like they did here.
“We have won games with Carlos and Aguero, Edin and Carlos, Aguero and Edin; all these three players, if they work hard like this, they can score important goals for the season.”
Mancini insists the current seven-point gap to United is “not a problem”, bearing in mind the position from which City went on to beat their fierce rivals in the dramatic conclusion to last season.
And Dzeko believes “nothing is finished” after feeling he went some way to proving a point against Norwich.
The Bosnian, who has often been utilised as an impact player from the bench, was unfortunate not to have sealed his industrious display with a hat-trick after 67 minutes, when his shot hit the post and then went into the net off the back of Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
“It is not the first time, but the manager gave me the chance to play and I think I paid him back,” Dzeko said. “We will see what the future brings.”