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Should Carlos Tevez and Cesc Fabregas Be Sold This Summer?

Summer is the time when transfer speculation and analysis dominate the news. Almost all of the transfer speculation focus on the players going to new clubs. However, for managers, selling and releasing players is also important during off-season.

Like other sports, managers sell or release players based on different obvious reasons. Some players were sold because they became too old, the money was too good to turn down or they didn’t fit the tactics anymore.

But there is another reason why certain players were shown the door: they need to go to improve or maintain team chemistry.

Whenever I read stories about Cesc Fabregas or Carlos Tevez, I always think: “It’s time to sell both of them”. Both are captains for their clubs yet they provide a lot of distractions for their team mates. Does anyone (especially Arsenal fans) wonder why Fabregas went to see the Spanish Grand Prix while his teammates were playing against Fulham? Do the Citizens fans feel disgusted every time Carlos Tevez says he’s not happy playing football and wants to quit soon? If the fans start to feel disgusted, you can imagine the feeling of the other players in the dressing room.

There are different “problem players’ in the dressing room and managers don’t need a lot of them to cause distractions to team and in some cases, could cost your job.

When a player’s heart is not with the team anymore, the player becomes useless for the team, regardless of their role. Granted, Fabregas and Tevez have performed quite admirably this season (especially Tevez) but their actions implied a “me first” attitude which could be detrimental to their teams. In this era, you can blame media for creating stories that certain players want to quit or are unhappy with their lives but when the same players frequently appear with the same story, then there must be something wrong with them. If you watched Eric Cantona’s performance in his last season, I bet that no one ever predicted that he was going to retire at the end of that year: there were no Tevez-like statements of “I’m disillusioned with football” although that was the real reason behind Cantona’s sudden and premature retirement.

When a manager decides that a player has started to challenge his authority, it’s always a good reason to sell him. Paul Ince was sold to Inter Milan when he started calling himself “The Guv’nor of Old Trafford”,  Bayern Munich’s captain Mark van Bommel’s contract was terminated in January by Louis van Gaal because he challenged LVG’s authority. Fernando Morientes also was loaned out of Real Madrid after lashing out at Vicente del Bosque because he didn’t like playing in the “garbage minutes” and there’s another reason besides tactical why Craig Bellamy was sent to Cardiff on-loan instead of staying in Manchester to name just a few. Interestingly, Bellamy also managed to rile Graeme Souness when playing for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez while at Liverpool.

When a player creates frictions with his teammate, it could also be a good case for the manager to show him the door. Theoretically, you don’t need to be friends to work together (just ask Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham) but if the player attacked his teammate with a golf club (Craig Bellamy) or reportedly sent harassing text messages to a very powerful teammate (Bellamy again), then the exit door would be shown by the manager. Ruud van Nistelrooy was let go not long after he reportedly mocked Cristiano Ronaldo by saying “Go to your daddy” (referring to assistant manager Carlos Queiroz) while Ronaldo’s dad just passed away several weeks earlier. But no famous player learned this lesson the hard way more than Roy Keane: the Manchester United then-captain was shown the door in two weeks after giving an interview with MUTV criticizing United’s younger players, Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea.

Despite the importance of selling these “trouble makers”, the process is not as easy as it looks because of the nature of this decision.

First, there is an importance of a particular player to a team. Take Fabregas and Tevez: will the manager be criticized for selling that particular player if the team fails next season? Can he find an adequate replacement? Alex Ferguson still regrets selling Jaap Stam to Lazio after Stam’s book mentioned the Neville brothers as “not world class defenders” and implied Fergie of illegally tapping him. The same consideration was probably behind Arsene Wenger ‘s decision not to show William Gallas the door, but merely stripped his captaincy after Gallas criticized his teammates in 2008 during an interview with AFP (Gallas was even offered a contract extension before ended up joining Tottenham in 2010).

Another reason involves cost and benefit of keeping against selling/releasing the players. Sometimes, things become a waiting game: the selling club wants to get rid of the troublemaker as soon as possible and the prospective buyer wants to wait until the seller budges. Sometimes, not many clubs can afford the players and selling the player could result in the player haunt his old club. Take Bellamy as example: Mancini refused to let him go to a certain Premiership club while none of the “permitted” clubs could afford to pay his salary that he eventually loaned to Cardiff with City paying certain portion of his wages. Another example is Samuel Eto’o: Barca was so anxious to offload him to Inter and he came back to haunt Barcelona.

So, Man City and Arsenal fans, should Tevez and Fabregas be let go this summer? Also for other club’s fans: are there any players you think should be shown the door because of the factors above? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. kannan

    June 13, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Iam a tevez fan and i think he will not stay city for a longer period, because when he [ along with epl’s best players ] was signed at city the owners were very much aware of their future targets [ most importantly CL qualification, Title challengers and other major trophies ].And i think they have achieved target mainly with the help of tevez [ epl top goal scorer ] and a solid defence [ kompany a real brave central defender ]. I strongly believe they will challenge title coming season.So without their talisman tevez [ truly he is irreplacable, whether ballotelli,dzeko, other league forwards nobody will make his glory or workrate] surely city will struggle in epl coming season.

  2. ozi ozi ozi

    June 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    murph i hope arsenal do raid barcas barn as they need training i.e evra hahahaha, as soon as they get trained barcas Dna wil cum bak lol, u training team losers. U guys r dumb mate, u wondr y they havnt got heart coz majority of arse-nals players r raped frm other clubs u dimwit, haha mate dats common sense

  3. Liam1234

    June 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I disagree with selling Tevez, he is by far cities best player and without him no way would city of made the top 4, pastore and sanchez aint in the same class + they play in a foreign league and won’t adapt straight away even I’d they joined + balotelli is too much trouble and won’t be consistant enough, I would make kompany captain though + u never know the ronaldo rumours may come true and if ronaldo joins I would then say let tevez go if he wants to

  4. Jason

    June 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Yes, both players should be sold. Keeping an unhappy player only unsettles a squad. The big question is what will the clubs do with the money they get.

    Fabregas will be sold to Barcelona for 30 million pounds plus one player. Arsenal should then give Nasri a new contract with better terms and spend some of the money on a creative midfielder. Strengthening the backline is also another top priority. If they do that Arsenal should be able to stay in the top 4.

    Tevez wants to leave because his family hates it in Manchester. How much City get for him won’t be that important since the owner will provide whatever funds are needed to bring in a repalcement. It looks like Sanchez from Udinese might be the target. City will always attract top talent because of the wages they can offer. It doesn’t hurt that the club is now in the Champions League as well.

  5. ManUtd

    June 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I actually respect Arsene for keeping the balance sheet healthy. But he has an uphill task to climb. A team challenging for title six month ago facing 2 of their biggest stars infront of exit doors. Just sell Cecs and give Nasri an immediate pay rise before it is too late.
    ~United fan

  6. Nik Arur

    June 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I think if Arsenal has the opportunity to let Fabregas go to Barca in exchange for a good amount of cash and perhaps a promising talent (Bojan, for example) it would be wise for them to cash in on it. What Wenger would do with that cash is anyone’s guess, though. It’s my humble opinion that he should spend a little more on fewer players (that are more established and successful) rather than transfer in loads of younger lads for a few million each like he’s been doing in the past. If he were to sign a quality striker and shore up Arsenal’s defensive problems, I think we could be looking at a much scarier Arsenal.

    Any thoughts as to who would be captain if Fab 4 left? RVP most likely IMO.

  7. Cityman

    June 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Wht i hv always believed in team performance,is the “sense of belongin/ownership”.If a player feels that he belongs to that particular team and commit to the team,he would’nt always be troublesome to his teamate and would always feel that he is part and parcel of the club and he owes club’s highest achievement.For the case of Tevez and Nasri…if they’ve shown a desire to play elsewhere let them go so that they may not stay unhappy in the club and drop in their performance 4 they will not commit to do well in games!I think that is how professional football behave,u sign a 5yrs contract today,a year later u demand a transfer..

  8. JW

    June 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I think in Cesc’s case his attitude may have hindered his own performance, but I don’t think in this day and age, with these teams in particular, their attitudes impact their teammates. Players these days are very self-centered and focused, and City especially seems comprised of a collection of individual “mercenaries.” I agree in Arsenal’s case that Cesc should move on, but if I were City I’d be confident Balotelli, et al, are ready to step up full time.

    • r.sole of salford

      June 13, 2011 at 4:49 am

      the vast majority of people who work for a living, that includes footballers by the way (get ready this, it might come as a shock) do it to earn as much till as they can.

      it no use getting bitter about it just because you`ve become a feeder club,

      these thing happen.


  9. Kaptain Kompany

    June 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

    We do not need Tevez anymore. Kompany is a far better captain than Tevez and we also have Balotelli who can fill in the role as the top striker. Balotelli will work hard and shut up if he is given sufficient playing time and support from the fans. He already has our support, he just needs to start every game up front. This would also allow us to get some cash to buy Javier Pastore, and then we would have a real playmaker on our team. We could also help fund the transfer of a talented winger such as Andre Ayew

  10. Freddy

    June 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Its very important to have harmony in a team. Arsenal has become so disenfrenchised by the demands of Fabregas & Nasri that even Van Persisie has started questioning the strength of a team he has given all for. Sell them and anybody else who wants to go, but not to premier league clubs. They will learn the hard way, en I wish they’d speak to Adebayor first.

  11. blue

    June 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    prob is next year ther will be 6 teamsfighting for 4 spots and arsenal look like they are in a downward trand there is no leadership in arsenal and this will just get worse by selling fab and nasri. they cant afford to be out of a cl sop which kinda looks likely . my vote is nxt season 5th arsenal and 6th spurs

  12. Murph

    June 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I think Nasri is hedging his bets against Cesc leaving. Nasri is on record as preferring the central creative midfield position – currently held by Cesc. And we all know Wenger is prone to playing players out of position. By selling Cesc and raiding the Barca barn of 1-2 new players, and in turn crowning the little price, we get a committed player who is not attending the Spanish GP during a Fulham match… some ‘el capitain’….time to move on and cash in.

    Other dead wood must also go: Deneilson, Diaby, Squillachi, Bentner, Arshivan, I could go on. Rebuild it!!!

  13. Joe

    June 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I also support Arsenal and it is time to let Fabregas go to Barcelona. He was the reason that we played so terribly at Camp Nou in the CL. He was hurt and should not have been there but I bet he was in Wenger’s ear the whole week leading up to it because the previous season he was hurt then too. He seems to be out atleast 3 or 4 weeks a season due to injury. If we can get Bojan, Affelay, or Thiago plus 25 or 30 million then we should escort him to the plane. If Nasri wants to go then sell him also. Hopefully not to a prem club but if thats all that wants him then whatever. Not for the 10 million that is being offered but 15-17 seems more realistic to me. I think Arsenal will be big spenders in this summer’s window and I still will feel like they will play well against the top half and poorly against the bottom half, like usual…

  14. Norfolk Enchants

    June 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I’m a pro Wenger Gunner. I say sell Fabregas and keep Nasri. He doesn’t want to be here. I also say sell Nasri if he doesn’t want to be here. it is time to build a team that lives and dies for Arsenal. RvP is a great example.

    • We believe...

      June 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      I agree. Wenger is a great manager and we need to keep him for as long as possible. Wenger is synonymous with Arsenal and always will be. The players need to step up and realise what they are doing when they pull on the shirt. RvP lives and breathes the club. If Cesc leaves, I have no problem handing him the captaincy.

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