The incredible statistics that sum up Edin Dzeko’s amazing Roma resurgence

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Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko continued his fine season on Sunday night with a brace as Roma thumped AC Milan 4-1 at the San Siro.

Roma remain unlikely to pip Juventus to the Serie A title but refuse to throw in the towel, and Dzeko has been a key factor in their impressive season.

After scoring only eight times in the league last season, the 31-year-old has been rejuvenated this term, scoring 41 times for club and country.

Speaking to The Independent, the Bosnian credited his turnaround in form to Roma boss Luciano Spalletti, who chose to build the team’s attack around the striker.

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“For every striker it’s important to have the confidence of the coach,” he said.

“Even if he sometimes criticises you it’s because he wants you to do even better. When you know he has confidence in you it’s much easier. You feel that on the pitch.”

Dzeko’s exceptional form this season can be summed up in a number of stats:

– The first Roma player to score 27 goals in a Serie A season since 1935.

– Dzeko has scored 34.1% of Roma’s league goals this term.

– With 37 club goals in all competitions, Dzeko is enjoying the most prolific season of his career, beating the 36 goals he scored for Wolfsburg in 2008-09.

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– He has now scored more goals than Francesco Totti has ever managed in a Serie A campaign, beating the 26 Totti scored in 2006-07.

– Dzeko needs two more league goals to equal Rodolfo Volk’s Roma record of 29 in a single season, set in 1931.

– Of players with 10 Serie A goals or more this season, only Dries Mertens (96 mins per goal) has scored at a faster rate than Dzeko’s 107 mins per goal.

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Top scorers aged 30 or over in Europe’s top four leagues

Dzeko 27
Suarez 27
Mertens 24
Ronaldo 20
Ibrahimovic 17

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Despite having won league titles in Germany and England, as well as scoring almost 300 career goals, Dzeko remains something of an enigma in European football – a prolific goalscorer who seems largely underrated.

Noel Gallagher once described Dzeko as “rubbish at football but brilliant at goal scoring”.

In an age when goal poachers are being replaced by false nines, it’s often worth remembering that football matches are won by goals, and there aren’t many better goalscorers than Dzeko.

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