The unbridled spending spree continues unabated for third place Premier League side MANCHESTER CITY but the goals required to claim the championship of the English top flight still will not flow consistently for Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI’s club.
ASTON VILLA, on the other hand, have received an immediate dividend from the investment of 24.0 million English pounds in striker DARREN BENT.
Only Bent, making his Premier League debut for the Lions following his recent purchase from Sunderland, found the back of the net at Villa Park in Birmingham as struggling Aston Villa upended money bags Manchester City 1-0 on Saturday.
Facing the array of high-priced acquisitions collected by Manchester City for perhaps the final time, 39-year-old United States international goalkeeper BRAD FRIEDEL, ably assisted by 31-year-old Ireland international center back RICHARD DUNNE and the rest of the back line, kept Aston Villa’s sheet clean for the first time since October.
Bosnia / Herzegovina international striker EDIN DZEKO, in just his second Premier League contest since a transfer from German club Vfl Wolfsburg costing 27.0 million English pounds, had a glorious opportunity to equalize late in the match; last season’s scoring champion with 22 goals in the Bundesliga, the 24-year-old outjumped his defender at the back post but send his header wide much to the chagrin of Manchester City.
Thus, Dzeko’s search for a first goal in the English Premier League continues.