We've all been there. You get your first job, maybe your boss is kind of cool and/or attractive, the hours aren't bad and the pay is decent. You know what happens next. All your friends pester you, begging you to get them a job there, never mind the fact they couldn't handle slinging French fries without being stoned, you gotta hook ‘em up. While my adolescent experience isn't exactly akin to Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko's night moves, their friendship and familiarity might finally land Roma the tall, powerful number nine they've needed since Luca Toni left town.
Since it's Easter Sunday and Italy is to Catholics what Hershey PA is to diabetics, we can chalk this story up to a slow news day, but this rumor first took root over the summer at the World Cup. Pjanic and Dzeko were the Lennon and McCartney of Bosnian football, leading the tiny country in tandem to their first World Cup appearance as an independent nation. While BIH didn't play the role of Cinderella in Brazil, both Pjanic and Dzeko made three appearances and scored one goal during group play.
Here we are, nine months later and Dzeko is suddenly on the outside looking in at Manchester City, falling from 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season to four goals in 26 appearances through this month. All told, Dzeko has 50 Premiership goals since making the move from Wolfsburg in 2011, so the man can still play despite falling down the pecking order in Manchester.
Football Italia, via the Daily Star, are reporting that Dzeko is lining up a move to the Olimpico to join his countryman in Serie A. Here is the part where I have to burst our collective bubble, all the quotes mentioned in either of those articles are from Pjanic, speaking second handedly about Dzeko's supposed desire to move to Rome. Not that we shouldn't take Miralem at his word, but, as is often the case, you have to take these things with a healthy bit of skepticism, particularly when the player in question remains silent.
Nevertheless, with his scoring record and stature, he'd be an ideal candidate to lead the line for Roma, no?