Red Devils reject proves his worth at Eastlands
CARLOS TEVEZ’S performances for Manchester City in recent games – capped by his hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers – prove once again that he is a massive talent.
He is currently the spearhead of a resurgent side that must now harbour genuine ambitions of finishing in the top four and even, given the topsyturvy nature of the top end of the Premier League, making a serious impact in the title race itself.
Tevez's off-season move to Eastlands was the subject of great conjecture and debate because he left Manchester United, where he was idolised, to do it and because of the huge finance involved.
Alex Ferguson, who had worked with Tevez at close quarters, ignored the constant demands of the Stretford End to “sign him up” and declined to make his deal at United a permanent one.
In footballing terms, the transfer was a “no-brainer” for City.
Tevez had shown at Old Trafford that he had ability allied to work-rate. If he started a game, you got the workrate. If he came on as substitute, you got the work-rate – and no sulking about making a late entrance.
Tevez could come into a game and change it. He gives 100% in every second he is on the pitch.
When you look at him in comparison to, say, Robinho, it is like chalk and cheese.
Robinho has got fantastic natural talent, but up against the attitude and ability of Tevez, the Argentinian goes into a different stratosphere.
The goals he is providing are the icing on the cake and have helped new City manager Roberto Mancini make a flawless start.
At City, the fact that he has added regular goalscoring to his weaponry ensures Tevez has been totally central to their recent run of good results.
He is now admired as much, if not more, at Eastlands as he was during his time at United.
Of course, it immediately begs the question of whether Ferguson should have kept Tevez at Old Trafford, especially in the light of Manchester United’s failure to hit the heights this season.
It is far too early to be making definitive judgements on things like that, but there is no doubt United would currently be better off having Tevez at their disposal than not.
We have to surmise the money on offer to make the deal was bigger at Manchester City than at Manchester United.
Ferguson had to weigh up whether Tevez was worth all of the money the transfer was going to cost and obviously decided against it.
Clubs have a ceiling on what they will pay to buy, or in Tevez’s case, keep, a player.
They may go a little over it, but United believed their ceiling had been reached when it came to Tevez.
City had the money to make a deal happen and are reaping a rich reward at the moment.
It was a good deal for City because they knew what they were getting. They had witnessed his talent a few miles down the road and, without being disparaging about all foreign players who arrive in England, they knew for certain they were getting a player with a fantastic attitude and total commitment.
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