Milan Nearing Deal for Carlos Tevez: Will the Rossoneri Benefit or Not?
With reports emerging about an agreement between Milan and Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez, there are many who believe the Argentina striker will be a big addition to the star studded Rossoneri squad. However, the Citizens have yet to negotiate with Milan and there is no guarantee the transfer will go through during the January window. Below are some of the positive outcomes from adding the talented Tevez:
1) Tevez is a proven talent having managed an impressive 43 goals in just 65 English Premier League matches. The 27-year-old has the skills and the ability to dribble past the best of defensive lines in Europe and the world. At 27, he is nearing the peak and he can excel if provided with the proper platform to perform.
2) If Milan do not sign him, there were reports both Inter and Juventus can be potential club destinations. Thus, by signing Tevez, the Rossoneri will ensure two of their bitter rivals will not be adding a dangerous attacking weapon.
3) Players from Argentina tend to settle down and succeed in Serie A if they are talented and dedicated. There are many examples of stars hailing from Argentina who have achieved success in the Italian league such as Javier Zanetti and Gabriel Batistuta. Tevez will likely find it easier to settle down in Italy than in England where he has language issues and cultural barriers to overcome.
4) Despite boasting the likes of Alexandre Pato, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their ranks, the Rossoneri need a frequent goalscorer considering Pato’s extended absences due to injury and Robinho’s inaccuracy in front of goal. Only Ibrahimovic has been an undisputed goal threat since joining Milan.
Pato has missed a large chunk of last season and has had to recover early this season so his playing time has been greatly limited. As for Robinho, it took him quite an extended stretch of matches to hit top form last season but what has plagued him since joining the Rossoneri is the fact he has missed a plethora of easy goals due to miscues or wrong decisions. If Tevez keeps up with his scoring trend with City, then Milan will have solved the need to find a reliable scoring partner for Ibrahimovic.
5) Milan will sell more tickets, gain more exposure and expanding on their marketing brand, whether through the sale of club merchandise or TV viewership by adding a talented and controversial figure such as Tevez.
On the flip side, there are some risks associated with the signing of the Argentina striker and below are some of the main ones:
a) Tevez has been a disruptive figure in England as he has shown little sensitivity to the fans of Manchester United when he accepted to join their city neighbors City, but to make it worse he has not been a positive influence in the dressing room of the Citizens. It did appear that Tevez rejected manager Roberto Mancini’s order to go on as a substitute and this could cause problems in Milan where coach Massimiliano Allegri is not as experienced as Mancini despite winning the Serie A title last season.
In addition, Tevez has often voiced his displeasure about being in England and, on more than one occasion, he claimed he was homesick. Do the Rossoneri want to sign a player who could jump ship at any point of the season?
b) The addition of Tevez could damage the susceptible harmony between the strikers already present on Milan’s roster. Swedish star Ibrahimovic is renowned for his volatile temperament and is not an easy character to get along with while Robinho is not immune to throwing tantrums and being moody. As for Pato, the addition of Tevez could signal the end of his tenure with Milan as the Rossoneri will not be able to play all four attacking player, particularly with Kevin-Prince Boateng showing massive improvement from last season. The four attackers cannot be on the pitch together because they will create an imbalanced lineup lacking in structure and defensive ability.
c) Milan will likely have to pay a large sum to secure the signature of Tevez and that could hurt the club’s budget when considering the club’s need for other reinforcements at the end of the season. The Rossoneri will need to look for younger players, particularly in midfield and on the defensive end. Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini and Mark van Bommel are well into their 30s while squad players Mario Yepes and Daniele Bonera are also above 30.
Thus, the club will need to buy at least one young talent to compete for midfield positions as well as a young defensive player who will compensate for the older defenders. Milan’s problems are not in attack so it might be wiser to invest the money elsewhere.
d) Tevez might not be able to settle quick in both the city of Milan and amongst his new teammates considering his habit of running out his welcome at different clubs. Tevez might become more of a distraction than a welcome addition if he fails to settle down and if he does not find the back of the net on a regular basis. An unhappy Tevez can bring undesired attention to Milanello.
Overall, the signing of Tevez, if indeed his move gets the nod from City’s directors, will add another attacking threat to the Rossoneri lineup forcing opponents to adjust their plans to restrict and contain a very talented player capable of scoring some fantastic goals. On the other hand, Tevez brings with him uncertainty and a lot of unknowns as well as excess baggage from his previous stops in Europe, specifically the Premier League.