Tevez is a game changing signing for Manchester City

July 14, 2009

Manchester City are finally shopping at the luxury end of the market, as befits their status as the richest of the rich, and as a result the fans can start to get excited about the new season.

Back in January I blogged about the depressingly familiar rollcall of mediocre players being linked with City: the likes of Scott Parker, Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy and Matthew Upson.

I suggested they aim a bit higher and sure enough they went in at the nosebleed end of things with a bid for Kaka. As we all know, it didn’t come off, and no one of that quality came in in January, but with the arrival of Carlos Tevez (and to a lesser extent Gareth Barry, who was wanted so badly by Liverpool) things have changed.

Now Tevez is there, I’d expect more big names to follow. Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor may be among them, and there’s still an outside chance that John Terry could fellow.

Whether those moves come off or not, things are already looking up for City fans. The arrival of Tevez means they are players at last. Watch out Real Madrid!

PHOTO: Argentina’s striker Carlos Tevez smiles as he leaves after a training session at the squad’s camp on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, June 4, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci


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It’s a bit worrisome that soccer salaries are getting higher and higher. While I applaud the players for creating the popularity that drives the high salaries, I worry that soccer will develop the same problems that other major sports have seen–commerialization, steriod use, etc. Soccer has come a long way since the days of Pele, most for good, but it may lose some of it’s purity.

Posted by book on pele | Report as abusive

I personally don’t know how Tevez is going to get a game every week if they sign all of those players.

He could end up in the same situation as he did at Man Utd, playing second fiddle to Adebayor, Robinho and Santa Cruz.


Posted by Steven Jones | Report as abusive

I don’t think that playing time will be a problem for Tevez.

Tevez is a better player than Adebayor & Santa Cruz.

As far as Robinho, Tevez is on the same level talent wise but he has more goal scoring ability, more pace than Robinho and he can handle the physical part of the game better and protect the ball better than Robinho.

I find it hard to believe that Hughes would give his approval to the signing & to the money amount spent on signing Tevez if he didn’t view him as a player that will be an integral part of the team.

Posted by Ron | Report as abusive

Feel sorry for Bellamy actually, he is a decent striker although I can not see him staying at city for much longer unless he likes warming the bench. Yes Hughes has signed some great players but can he get them to gel together.Does anyone have any views on who to believe regarding Tevez or Ferguson? Apparently Tevez was quoted in saying that the reason why he wanted to join city was to have success and to win trophies. What was he doing at utd then? Utd fans are bound to be unhappy with him signing for city after him saying how much he loved the fans etc. If he loved them so much why did he join our 2nd most hated team in the world. 1st obviously goes to the scousers.

Posted by braidsy | Report as abusive

I quite like Bellamy… I just think if you’re the world’s richest club he should not be the summit of your ambitions.
As for Tevez, I thought it was slightly strange for him to lave just when the departure of Ronaldo would have given him the chance to nail down a place in the team.
I thought he was overpriced for United, though.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

“What was he doing at utd then?”

This past season, mostly watching games from the bench.

“If he loved them so much why did he join our 2nd most hated team in the world.”

1. Because a great offer was made to him
2. His new manager actually wants him on the team, wants him playing not sitting on the bench
3. Alex Ferguson drove him away into the arms of your 2nd most hated team in the world

Posted by Ron | Report as abusive

Tevez was a very favourite player of mine, and not just because of Argentina, but solely because I loved the amount of effort he put into his game. Whenever Tevez and Rooney played together, it was a visual treat, during a counter attack on numerous occasions i found Rooney as the wing back or Tevez tracking back upto the heart of the defence! Sadly Tevez is gone now…the arrival of Berbatov hampered his existence in the team, simply because of the likeness of his and Rooney’s style of play…but i wonder, we had already won the UCL and league without berba…this time Tevez had a wonderful chance to fill in the gap caused by the departure of ronaldo, instead he opts for the rival team!

When United play City on 20th September, how will we United fans feel about the once adored Tevez?
Sometimes i feel its really tough being a fan!! all the same, i shall always remember Tevez for his commitment to the team when he played and when he took the first kick on UCL final shootouts against Chelski!!

I would like to ask Mr Kevin Fylan if there is anyway i could subscribe directly to his blog…i like reading his articles…

Posted by Deepungsu | Report as abusive

What was the offer actually made to Tevez. was it much more than utd were offering? I feel Ferguson wanted him but can you really keep ronaldo and rooney out of the team.

Posted by braidsy | Report as abusive

United did not offer Tevez the salary that City did(5 million euros per season)

But I believe that, as Tevez said in the City press conference, the move was not about the money, he now has a manager that wants him.

What player does not want to feel respected, wanted and supported by his manager?

Tevez has every right to feel the way he did, the fact is that he spent too much time sitting on the bench this past season.

I think the final straw for him was not being in the starting lineup for the Champions League Final.

A player of Tevez’s caliber should not put up with such treatment from a manager.

United fans looking to place blame should direct it at their club’s manager.

Posted by Ron | Report as abusive