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Fergie Is Still Not Convinced By Tevez

Carlos Tevez has once again stressed that he would love to stay at Manchester United for years. The Argentinian striker is still only on loan at United but he's eager to get that permanent deal at Old Trafford.

'I have the head start in Manchester and my idea is to stay here for a few more years,' Tevez told Argentina's Radio del Plata. 'It is very difficult to leave one of the world's biggest clubs.

'We've had talks with Manchester, but nothing has been signed yet. Both sides have decided to wait for June to find a definitive solution. The conversations have been with the directors and not with Ferguson.'


Which, in my opinion, means that it is Sir Alex Ferguson who is still not convinced by Carlos Tevez's worth to the team. If the directors were given the go-ahead by Fergie they would surely negotiate a deal instead of making Tevez wait until June.

Of course there is an alternative explanation: that Fergie wants Tevez but the club is unwilling to commit the funds in the current uncertain economic climate, that's why Tevez will have to wait.

This explanation is less likely in the face of the results recently published which show that United's turnover has risen again and record annual profits are expected. I cannot really believe that Fergie would be turned down by the board if he gave his full backing to the transfer of Carlos Tevez.

Old Trafford's opinion on the subject is clear though: the fans want Ferguson and the board to complete the signing of Tevez. It's understandable that most of us feel this way: Tevez's commitment, passion and his personality makes him one of the most likeable footballers around. He scored important goals last season and now he's talking about how difficult it would be to leave United. How can you not love such a player?

But if Fergie indeed has reservations about Carlitos a very tiny part of me can't help but say that he's got a point. I'd love Carlos Tevez to stay at Old Trafford but I am not burdened with responsibility. Sir Alex must see that Carlos' first touch is not first-class by any means and his pace is way behind that of Ronaldo or even Rooney and he's not as intelligent on the field as Berbatov.

So yes, I see him as our third best striker behind Berbatov and Rooney. But with four trophies to play for, rotation, injuries and everything this should not be an issue because he's good enough to play at Old Trafford and he would love to do so. But there's a little problem here.

As I admitted, his attitude is first-class and he even accepts a role on the bench without moaning. Which is very good as he's, I repeat, inferior to Rooney and Berba in my eyes. The problem is that usually he cannot be anywhere near his best as a substitute. He's no Ole Solskjaer; he needs to know that his place in the team is secure in order to produce his best form. He's willing to die on the pitch for United - but on occasions a more relaxed attitude would be a lot more useful.

But I'm not Alex Ferguson, I do not have a responsibility, I am a fan, so: Fergie, sign him up!




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 18 2009

Time: 1:28PM

Your Comments

Tevez MUST stay: I haven't a clue why United don't just end all the speculation and give him a deal right now. We need him - with the worrying frequency that Rooney gets injured (by working too hard I suspect) we have to have him, if for nothing else. His goals are priceless - tending to come late or in the biggest games. Welbeck looks a prospect, and Tevez, Berbatov, Rooney and Welbeck would be a strike force to be reckoned with. BUT we MUST keep Tevez
Man utd champions
Question is whether the money required to secure him would be enough to get a more talented striker? And I'm concerned that he's not effective enough as a substitute.
Zae
they are trying to bring his value down me thinks.
Paulinho
good point Paulinho, that might play to our advantage. True Zae, Tevez tends to score at the ends of games or in the big games when he plays the whole match. In all honesty, Rooney is the best substitute of the three, playing as if he has a point to prove when he comes on, but I don't think he'd appreciate, nor would it be fair for him to be on the bench every match. I think we should alternate - and Berbatov should get a fair share of bench-duties. It seems to me if Tevez plays, Rooney doesn't - though these two were brilliant together last season. I was glad to see Berbatov come off for Rooney last night, despite his goal, as I think this gave Tevez a bit of belief, and hopefully he now realises United DO want him
Man utd champions
Another, alternative explanation is that Fergie wanted to give Berbatov a little rest and protect him from injury as crucial games are on the horizon. To be honest, I think this is the more likely explanation as to why Tevez remained on the pitch...
Zae
love the guys passion and he is also very talented, but 30 million is a lot to pay for someone who would occupy the bench for most of the time. Rooney and Berba are our main two strikers it seems, and Tevez is the kind of player that needs regular games to keep him sharp. Maybe we need to look at other options.
skylab
 

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