Red Devils re­ject proves his worth at East­lands

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES - ALAN HANSEN

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.

Tevez’s suc­cess is be­ing p even sharper re­lief by the str Dim­i­tar Ber­ba­tov. It is in­evit parisons will be made – and f tov they will not be flat­ter­ing at least.

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