Vincent Kompany believes Edin Dzeko will soon find his feet in English football and has been impressed by what he’s seen so far of the Bosnian.
The Belgian defender knows first-hand about moving from the Bundesliga to the Premier League and reckons the former Wolfsburg striker will get better and better with each passing game.
Though Dzeko missed a late chance to earn the Blues a point at Villa Park on Saturday by directing a header the wrong side of Brad Friedel’s post, he showed flashes of inspiration that Kompany says proves he is already settling in nicely.
“Even though Edin is only 24, he is an experienced player and you can see he has a German mentality and has the attitude to just keep working hard and things will go his way,” said Kompany.
“Maybe he could have scored at Villa, but strikers will always miss chances and defenders will inevitably concede goals – it’s just the way it is – but if you get your head down and work hard, you will get closer to the perfection we all crave.
“It’s not easy to adapt just like that, but I’ve seen signs already that Edin is settling in. It’s also difficult to arrive part-way through a season when everything is in full flow, but I saw enough of him against Wolves and Villa to suggest he’s going to be a major asset for us.
If he’s good now when he’s new to England and the club, I expect he’ll be that much better in the future when he’s adjusted to the pace and power of the Premier League
...Kompany on Dzeko
“Nothing in the world compares to this league. It’s unequalled in Europe and as we saw on Saturday, every team is capable of beating anyone else.”
Former Hamburg star Kompany also thinks playing Bundesliga football is the ideal stepping stone to the Premier League for a foreign player.
He added: “Germany is probably the closest of all the leagues to the style of play we have here in England. Maybe that’s why Bundesliga players seem to find their feet quickly in this country.”