Ex-Italian forward Ciccio Graziani has stated that Edin Dzeko is no longer the deadly striker he once was and that it could cause Inter problems in the Champions League, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media.

Speaking to the Italian radio station, ReteSport, Ciccio Graziani suggested that Edin Dzeko is still good enough to make the difference for Inter in Serie A, but in the Champions League he will not be ruthless enough.

“He no longer has the instinct of the killer, the nose for a goal.

“The Nerazzurri have lost Lukaku and the Bosnian cannot replace him in terms of reliability.

“In Serie A you pay less for his absence, in Europe, you realize the importance of the Belgian’s farewell.”

Edin Dzeko made a perfect start to his Inter career by scoring on his debut against Genoa, and setting up a goal for fellow debutant Hakan Calhanoglu.

His involvement has been mixed since then and he came under criticism for missing chances in the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

He was signed along with Joaquin Correa to form part of the replacement for Romelu Lukaku who joined Chelsea in August.