As focus once again turns to Carlos Tevez in this January transfer window, we look back at the Argentine’s controversial year in English football.
After having his transfer request rejected by Manchester City in late 2010, Tevez seemed to move on, scoring 20 goals and taking the golden boot for the 2010/2011 Premier League season. He captained City to victory in the FA Cup final to end his team’s barren run of 35 years without a trophy. The Sky Blues had also broken into the top four and claimed a place in the Champions league for the first time.
…never return to Manchester.
Tevez’s year started to turn sour when he appeared on Argentinian TV in June claiming he would never return to Manchester. Then came another transfer window, the 27 year old handed in another transfer request citing that he wanted to be closer to his family and he missed his two daughters in Argentina.
After an exchange deal with Inter Milan involving striker Samuel Eto’o fell through, manager Roberto Mancini insisted his want away striker would stay.
…life without their talisman.
As City went on their usual summer spree and added the likes of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri to their squad, it seemed City were preparing for life without their talisman. But City’s asking price combined with Tevez’s wage demands made him a difficult buy.
Tevez began the 2011/2012 by losing the arm band to Vincent Kompany, and seemed to be playing second fiddle to fellow argentine Sergio Aguero up front. Yet Tevez seemed as determined and hard working as ever in the Sky Blue shirt and even said “I’m happy at City and I’m not moving from there” in an interview.
…memorable night in Munich,
Due to the performances from Aguero and Edin Dzeko, appearances were becoming scarce for last season’s top scorer, then came a memorable night in Munich, that shocked everyone.
City were trailing 2-0 in the Allianz Arena, and Bayern Munich were well in control of arguably City’s most important European game for a generation. With 35 minutes remaining Mancini called on Tevez to come on and change the game, something the club and the fans knew he was capable of.
…effectively went on strike,
But with a simple shake of his head, Tevez effectively went on strike, refusing to go on and help his team mates. A player renowned for his commitment and work ethic on the pitch, refused to step on to it. His salary is thought to reach well over £200,000 a week which added a real bitter taste to those of us who read it in the paper on the way to our “normally” paid jobs the next day.
Roberto Mancini reacted to his player failing to do the very least of what is asked of him by declaring an end to the front man’s Manchester City career.
…high maintenance player?
After such a troublesome year we have to ask, who would want such a high maintenance player? His quality is undeniable, but transfer fee, wage demands and attitude are a few of the things that will put many clubs off. Let’s also not forget Tevez is a player that has talked of early retirement on numerous occasions in order to return to his family in Argentina.
As Manchester City set the pace in English football, and look like they are only going to get better, Tevez, yet again looks for his desired move away from Manchester. AC Milan look the most likely, but it would be a huge gamble for the Italian giants. My money is another six months in isolation on the Manchester City training ground.
Image courtesy of Carlos Tevez and Football Wallpapers