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Ferguson Should Call Tevez’s Bluff

It seems that the people who own Carlos Tevez, well the own his economic rights; seem to underestimate Sir Alex Fergusons strength of character. Over the last few weeks, Tevez has been quoted several times stating he feels his future lies away from Old Trafford and with a club that will show him more respect. It’s an unusual tactic for someone to seem to want to antagonise Ferguson, but Tevez’s people seem to trying to play a game of Russian roulette in the British press.

You’d think after seeing the apparently irreplaceable Cristiano Ronaldo sold to Real Madrid, that perhaps they’d take a step back and realise the consequences of this line of attack. If there’s one thing Ferguson enjoys, it’s a bit of a scrap with the media watching on. He’s never been a man to try and avoid confrontation if it suits him and the current situation regarding Tevez is quickly developing into a situation Tevez can not win.

By dripping information to the press linking Tevez with Manchester City and Liverpool, it seems a premeditated plan to try and force Fergusons hand in to confirming a deal for him. It’s a very dangerous game to play and I doubt Ferguson will be losing any sleep over the situation. It’s odd that with the contract for Tevez’s two year deal finishing on June 30th, United seem to be in no hurry to conclude a permanent transfer for him.

The other ill advised theme to this is that whoever keeps leaking things to the press seems to think by stating how much Manchester City have said they’ll pay him, United’s fans will be up in arms over Ferguson and Davis Gills stance towards the transfer. Surely Ferguson won’t back out of the transfer if the fans are unhappy? Don’t bet on it, Manchester United’s history since Ferguson took over has seen a steady stream of fans favourites and players who felt they were bigger than the club moved on.Ferguson knows his own mind and to challenge that is foolish at best.

Is Tevez that good? I mean really? Is he one of the best strikers in the world today? Are the giants of world football queuing up to sign him if things go wrong with the United deal? Doesn’t seem that way, hell if Real Madrid aren’t interested in him and they seem to be trying to sign a new team, then surely something else must be wrong. Is it the fact that whilst he may run all game and give 100%, he’s nowhere near the finished article.

His first touch is appalling for a player allegedly in the world class bracket, he doesn’t score anywhere near enough goals regardless of his time on the pitch, he never dominates a game in the way Rooney does. At International level, he sometimes comes across as a headless chicken, darting about all over the place apart from where he should be, in the opponent’s box. At 25 years old, he’s probably too old to have that poor judgement rectified and his attacking instincts realigned. His scoring return for Argentina is also astoundingly poor for someone who plays in one of the top 8 sides in world football, 8 goals in 51 games is dreadful for someone of his reputation.

No one can doubt Tevez’s efforts, but world class? Not a chance, he’s not even the best Argentinean striker out there, Sergio Aguero is a far better player, 4 years younger and probably would cost about £10 million more than Tevez. Ferguson should let the agents and owners leak things to the press all they want and call his bluff. If he turns down Manchester United for Manchester City, then you’ll know just how good Carlos Tevez really is. Ferguson and United meanwhile will keep their own council.

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  1. Alex

    June 25, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Paul’s got a crush on me!

  2. MM

    June 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

    They need to sign the likes of Dimitar Tevez or Carlos Berbatov; aka Ribery.

  3. JLay

    June 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Tevez is a world-class defensive striker. As soon as that position is created, I’m sure that one of the top clubs will snatch him right up.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like to watch him run around like a meth addict with ADD as much as the next guy- but strikers are supposed to score. Tevez’s ball control and finishing skills are terrible – I really don’t see how he’s any better than Park – and Park usually converts his chances.

    Was it a good idea to bring him to United on the loan deal? Yes, he was a sparkplug off the bench and did some good things on those rare occasions when he was in-form. Is he worth the asking price now? Absolutely not – we could buy two strikers just like him for that kind of money.

    I have voiced my doubts about Berba as well – I’d like to see him turning on the ball and taking shots more often. But he is a more complete player by far – I’d take him over Tevez any day.

    Cmon, Fergie, tell Tevez to take a hike and grab Benzema, Eto, Vila, or Aguero already. Hell, buy all 4 of them and we’ll see who works out- we have to do something with that $130m Spanish stimulus check!

  4. Glenn

    June 15, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I love this article! I have been saying to my friends here in Australia that Tevez is over-rated. I, like many other football critics, cannot fault the work ethic and committment that is expressed by Tevez. The strength that he has and the way he holds off defenders to protect the ball at times is awesome. I have at times this season been in awe of the way that he can somehow get between the defender and the ball to gain back posession. But with all that said, Carlos Tevez is not at Manchester United for these skills alone. He is above all else at the club to score goals. And it is this area that has been such a dissappointment. If he can’t do this then he’s not even worth the 25 mil that is his initial price tag. I also love watching Berbatov take the ball and seemingly have all the time in the world to make his next move – in slow motion he seems to act. But I’m not convinced that he scored enough goals for the team this season, so how can anyone be content with the contribution of Tevez. A champion he may be – but I wish he would stop saying how dissappointed he is with the ‘lack of respect’ from Sir Alex, and practice proving his worth in the back of the net!

  5. Dave

    June 15, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Tevez… not that good… not needed…

    This must be what it is like to be a Manchester United fan. I will never understand it. If you don’t want him, we’ll gladly take him.

  6. Roy

    June 15, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Tevez plays for manunited. Manunited is one of the best clubs in the world and has been for a very long time. Ferguson is one of the best managers of all time. So tevez must be a world class player to be playing in such a team with such a manager.
    Sometimes stats are crap. You look at where’s he playing and who wants him. If real madrid or inter milan were after him then you wouldn’t be arguing about whether he is world class or not. We will all just have to wait and see.

  7. Thomas

    June 15, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Wonderful post, you made me realise why Ferguson hasn’t signed him a new contract.

  8. Paul Bestall

    June 15, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Well Eric, if you honestly think Rooney didn’t control a game last season, then we must watch different matches.
    As for the stats, I got them from the Argentina FA’s website so either they don’t count Olympic goals or they’re not classed as full appearances.
    But that Olympics was 5 years ago, when he was a hot property and he hasn’t matched that level since. I’d would say though scoring 5 goals against Costa Rica and Serbia & Montenegro isn’t the mark of a world class striker though.
    Ferguson is no mug and won’t pay over the odds for anyone. By trying to embaress Ferguson by threatening to join Manchester City, Tevez is playing a dangerous game.
    As for not World class, I’m sorry but I don’t think he is. He’s a very good domestic striker but struggles at International and European level. Is he better than Torres, Eto’o, Totti, Del Piero, Rooney, Villa, Henry, Ibrahamovic, Anelka? No he’s not.

  9. Handof God

    June 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

    What a joke!
    Teves has won everything in football except for the World Cup.
    Was once South American player of the Year, won gold for Argentina at the Olympics, Champion of the World Team with( MANU,)
    Champion of England 2x with( MAHU) ,Champion of Europ MANU
    Champion of Brazil(Cath) also voted best player in Brasi at the time. Champion of Argentina with (Boca Jr)
    SAVED West Hams arse from relegation, and FINALLY if it was not for Teves late goles, MANU would not have won the double last season.
    No Ronaldo, No Carlitos = No trophies .Whos to blame Sir Fergie.
    Thank you Teves .

    • LI Matt

      June 15, 2009 at 4:01 am

      “Everything in football” apparently doesn’t include the Copa America, which was last won by Argentina when Tevez was nine.

  10. Eric

    June 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    You may got it wrong. It was the lack of sincerity from Fergie and the club that let Tevez down. In other words, Fergie is the “guilty party” in this complicated case, not Tevez.

    About his first touch, you are just too harsh, as I can see sometimes he loosed the ball, but sometimes he controlled the ball so well that really made defenders mesmerized. He is only human, not God, no one is perfect in his skill. To control better, you have to sacrifice somehow your speed. It is the same the other way around, to increase your speed, you have to sacrifice some of your control. Just look at Berbatov, he is the one who can control the ball even better than Rooney and Ronaldo, but his speed is rather slow i.e. speed is sacrificed for better control. Tevez loved to speed up, somehow his control of the ball would have to be sacrificed. And that is normal in football. Only Messi who appears to be out of this world can control exceptionally well without sacrificing his speed, that is one of a kind. But it doesn’t mean Tevez is inferior to anyone. Have you seen him taking the ball and getting pass 2 defenders including Dunne in the Man City game? Have you seen him getting pass 3 defenders in the recent game against Colombia? Players with poor control and touch can’t do that. Besides, I never recall Rooney got pass at least 2 defenders in the entire 2008/2009 season, not even 1 defender too.

    Tevez never scored nearly enough goals on the pitch? In time will tell. When he can play regularly again with other club, only then you can judge him.
    I hardly recall Rooney dominated any game before, but I saw Tevez turned around some difficult games again and again.
    Headless chicken is a style of him, in fact defenders never like striker like Tevez chases them down when they have the ball, it could tire them.
    25 year-old is just about time to be mature as a footballer, which in turn means his best football is about to be shown to the world, next season.
    8 in 51 international games? Where did you get that stats? He was once top scorer of Olympic Games scoring 8 goals in total, and you didn’t count that as international game? Bizarre.

    Aguero is very talented, but somehow strangely, he sometimes gave you the impression that he was a little “lame” on the pitch. Perhaps he is just too young, having the talent but not having the influence yet. Tevez in turn is tough, influential, never give up, inspirational. He has that “fear factor” that defenders are not really pleased and at ease playing with. Not world class? You must be kidding. He is already world class (just unlucky to have a lame season, “thanks” to Fergie’s plan of trying to DELIBERATELY lower his value by lowering his performance. That is why he was up set with Fergie.). If you still want to deny that he is world class, I suggest you to wait for next season, just 1 season is enough, wait until he joins other club and play regularly. I am quite sure he will make you eat your own words soon.

    • FredtheRed

      June 15, 2009 at 2:54 am

      World Class is a term that is overused. Tevez is not world class, has only ever had one season where he scored more than 20 goals (and that was in the weak Brazilan League), talks in the media too much and isn’t worth £25 million.
      If he wants to go to City, let him go. After one season at Castle Greyskull, he’ll know just what he’s missing.

  11. Bob

    June 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    For the record, he scored more goals than Rooney last season and Alex Ferguson said about Tevez: “He’ll get me fifteen goals this season, and what’s more, they’ll be important goals.” He’s better than Berbatov, works harder, and is appreciated for that effort. The criticism of his first touch is a stretch and any team would love to have him. His critics will be silenced next season, especially if he ends up in a Chelsea shirt. The Berbatov deal will prove to be parallel to when SAF signed Seba Veron – not necessary and totally overpriced.

    • Sam

      June 14, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Well then I guess any other team, which seems to be only Manchester City, can have him…

      He did score some important goals for us during our double winning season, and even bagged a few this past season, but beyond that he’s done little to justify such a hefty transfer fee.

      Someone else above mentioned it, and although I appreciate what Tevez has done for us, I’ve been thinking in the back of my mind (thanks to his public calling-out of Fergie) that he’s really not THAT good. For that price we could have Benzema in the team. If the games that Tevez has played in this past season are any indication, the endless running and closing down didn’t really do too much to help or hurt us.

      Let him go to City.

  12. Fergus Sira-Lexon

    June 14, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve finally read a piece by somebody who can see Tevez for what he really is and that is a jumped up Alan Smith.

    His first touch is poor,his passing is poor,his crossing is poor,he doesn’t beat players and about 95% of his shots either go miles over or are tamely dragged well wide of the goal.

    The United fans who chant “Argentina” and “Sign Him Up” seem perfectly happy for United to pay a total of £35 Million plus £6 Million a year in wages for a very average player just because he runs about a lot. It’s crazy!

    Unfortunately,it seems Fergie has listened to some of these fans and is trying his best to sign Tevez and I’ve got a feeling he will succeed. I hope I’m wrong.

    • LI Matt

      June 15, 2009 at 4:00 am

      It’s crazy!

      It’s England!

      Berbatov scored more league goals, and led the league in assists … but he’s “lazy”.

      Typical English.

  13. Tyson

    June 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Tevez is a good player but no one player is or ever will be above the team.

    Fergie won’t have an ego demanding his way onto the first team when Fergie thinks there are better alternatives for that situation in particular.

    End of the day I’d wager to say whatever the outcome Fergie probably knows what he is doing considering he’s been in this situation many times before.

    He has a plan in mind that much is easy to see and I think he’ll be making big moves this summer and if that includes having to replace Tevez he won’t be losing any sleep over it.

    Personally I’d like to see Tevez again but when Aguera, Benzema and Eto’o wouldn’t cost all that much more he hasn’t got much of a case to make.

    Personally I’m starting to lean towards Eto’o.

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