Carlos Tevez has caused fireworks both on and off the pitch in his time playing in the English top flight with West Ham United, Manchester United and Manchester City. He is finally set to leave these shores shortly as City have agreed a deal with Italian champions Juventus for a fee worth up to £12M. This could be considered a bargain as Tevez has proved to be a very talented striker scoring 84 league goals in seven seasons in England.
He had created a lot of controversy in his seven year stint in this country starting off with the third party ownership while at West Ham, with Sheffield United invoking legal proceedings against West Ham for using Tevez who they say as an ineligible player. He then joined Manchester United on a two year loan. In his time at Old Trafford he won two Premier League titles and scored 5 goals en route to winning the Champions League in 2007/8. Furthermore, he scored the first penalty in the shootout against Chelsea in Moscow. He created more headlines when he moved across Manchester to join the newly rich City in the summer of 2009. The club erected a blue ‘Welcome to Manchester’ sign with the Argentine in the background which only created more tension within Manchester.
The most controversial moment happened in 2011 when he refused to warm up as a substitute against Bayern Munich according to Roberto Mancini. The Italian manager said Tevez would never play for the club again and he was placed on gardening leave. The striker then fled to Argentina which created an inhospitable situation which made everyone think that he would never play for the club again. Mancini then made a U turn and opened the door to the Argentine International who then helped the club to their first ever Premier League title.
Last season Tevez scored 11 goals in the league which came every 219 minutes which is just over a goal every other game which would have been disappointing for the 29 year old. His shooting accuracy was 53% which shows he still has a good eye for goal. Tevez is a creative striker which showed last season as he contributed with 8 assists with 3 coming from set pieces. This will be useful for Juventus as he will be playing alongside the Spanish target-man Fernando Llorente who will be relishing the chance to get on the end of chances created by the little Argentine. In the past campaign, he created a chance every 39 minutes which shows his contribution to the side.
In his first season for City, he scored 20 goals which came every 127 minutes, which is an incredibly good strike rate. His shooting accuracy was similar at 52% but his chance conversion was better than last season by 8%. He also had less assists with just 6. This shows that over time, Tevez has become a less selfish player who may score less goals but will contribute more creatively.
For £12M Juventus have got an extremely good deal if it goes through as Tevez has still got a lot to offer at the top level if utilised properly. His partnership with Llorente will be interesting to watch, if they click then it could create a platform for the Italian giants to launch a challenge for the Championship. The Serie A champions are an efficient side and the creative spark that Tevez will bring could really take them to the next level.
The new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini needs to look to add another striker to the squad after Mario Balotelli left in January in addition to the proposed move of Tevez. Edinson Cavani has been linked with the club for a long time but it looks more likely that he will move to Chelsea after Jose Mourinho’s arrival. A player who would fit well into the Manchester City side would be Robert Lewandowski who would be interested in a move away from Dortmund. He is a traditional centre forward who would offer a genuine goal threat and with the creativity of Silva, Navas and Nasri, he would be given great service at the Etihad Stadium.