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Someone Sees At Last: Tevez Isn't Value For Money

OK, I don't know about you but for me Charlie Nicholas never seemed to be a man with a real knack for predictions and all. However, his latest word on Tevez is spot on, I must say.

All summer we've had to listen to pundits claiming how we got weaker without Tevez who scored five league goals in 16 starts (and 13 substitute appearances) last season. We were told Fergie had made a big mistake by letting him go, that he should have splashed 25,5M on a player who scored, I repeat, FIVE league goals last season. But Charlie Nicholas disagrees.

'Don't get me wrong, he [Tevez] is a very good player, but for 25million he doesn't promise a very good goal return," Nicholas told Sky.

"He's not a magnificent creator either. He's got great enthusiasm, great ability, great endeavour, but he's someone who needs a balanced side that he can go and operate within.

"For 25million, I think Sir Alex Ferguson said it... where's the value? I can understand why fans like him, but in hard facts where's the value?"


It's as simple as that. The major surprise is not that we let him go but that the club made an offer for him - despite a promising first season, he's been exposed as the limited footballer he is. It would have been a horrible mistake to waste so much money on him. We got the best out of the guy, now let him rot on City's bench.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 11 2009

Time: 7:57PM

Your Comments

he looks like STIG OF THE DUMP to me!
merlin
Citeh have splashed out over 65 million on 3 players that scored 18 league goals between them last season and were all supposed to be s*@ting ourselves right?
iceman10
Yea he only scored five goals. But those five goals were 1-0 games winners that gave u the three points you needed in order to win the league. As everyone knows the forwards are the first line of defense and Tevez was one of the reasons why you guys kept possession in most parts of the game because of his pitbull presence in the front. A players value is not just rated by their goal return. But by their quality, their workrate, presence, etc.
iwearbluu
Let him rot? This alone shows how ungrateful some of these so-called Man Utd fans are, seeing that Tevez saved Man Utd blushes in several crucial moments with his effort, talent and full heart, and his love for Man Utd fans no matter what (no matter the rift of him with the club and Fergie), you should be ashamed of yourself. About goals, remember, he scored 19 and 15 goals IN TOTAL in 2 seasons with Man Utd. 15 GOALS, remember this. If not Fergie used him mostly in SMALL GAMES, he would have scored at least 15 LEAGUE GOALS I can assure you, seeing that he scored 14 LEAGUE GOALS in 2007/2008. This guy called Charlie Nicholas I saw the article he wrote on Skysport. He even predicted Owen is the best buy of the season while Tevez is the bad one. What a joke! Of course he said it this way simply because: HE IS ENGLISH. He could be biased and simply wanted to "protect" the once-crock (could be crock again) Englishman Owen and "devalue" the little Argentinean. An English replacing an Argentinean really cheers some of these biased people. Some English are biased like this, and you should remember that. Be4 you talk about Tevez's value, you always have to recall how and what he had done with West Ham, not just Man Utd. It was somewhat a miracle thing what he did with West Ham, and it took very rare and unique talent to achieve that. Show me someone who can do what he did, putting them in Tevez's shoes that time. I bet you hardly find anyone who can do that, except the very best like Messi and Ronaldo. That alone is enough to show you HIS VALUE. Anyone who ignores that is quite biased for sure. Not to mention Owen was completely hopeless with Newcastle relegation fight. This season is all about Tevez vs Fergie, either it will be Tevez who proves Fergie wrong, or Fergie is right about Tevez that he is not worth 25m. Only half way thru the season or the end of the season then we will know who "truimph" here: Fergie is CRAPS? Or Tevez is flop? And of course, whether Berbatov and Michael Owen are as rubbish as they were in 1st season and with Newcastle Utd respectively. Just wait and see. You talk too soon.
windleaf
what a load of croc! its obvious that champaigne charlie does not appreciate true quality because tevez is absolutely amazing. manu would not have won the league if it was not for tevez. He will transform city and siralex will be the one with egg on his face for letting a real gem of a player slip through his fingers.
power yid
windleaf, I dont think you can say that Charlie Nicholas is biased...... he's not English, he's Scottish. Also I think that he's just saying that 25m for a player who doesn't score 20+ goals a season is a bit much. I think that he labels Owen as best buy simply because he will get much better service at Man U than he did a Newcastle, thus scoring more goals, and if he does get 20+ goals then at transfer fee of 0, thats a fantastic buy. Also he wasn't crocked last season or the season before. He was interviewed after the move to MAN U and said I played 33 and 32 games in the last two years in a team that was not in Europe and did not go on a decent cup run. Still I was continually labelled injury-prone, which gets up my nose." I'm a Utd fan, and I thought that the 2 seasons Tevez spent with us was fantastic. You're absolutely right in saying that he really did score some crucial goals for us when it mattered. The 2 semi finals in the C/L against Barca in his first season were awesome! He was one of the reasons we got to the final. He pulled us out of the brown stuff plenty of times last season too. I wouldn't have minded Fergie signing him up half way through last season. Although the last 3-4 months of his time with us left a bad taste in the mouth. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for players voicing their concerns to the manager about new contracts (Apparently Man U had promised to sign him up after 2 seasons, if the stories are true) but the way he went about it at the tail end of last season was a bit....off. He seemed to always be talking to the press, complaining that he had no offers from the club and they were treating him badly. He made it clear that he wasn't happy sitting on the bench for the big games, but pro footballers have to realise that by playing in such a big team, you have to expect a lot of rotation. Fergie had to play Berbatov over Tevez a lot simply because he was trying to gel into a new team. Constantly swapping Berba in and out of the team wasn't going to help. By talking in the press ALL THE TIME I think he might have made Fergie's mind up for him. Tevez will always be a special player to most Man Utd fans and he really played his heart out for the club and I wish him all the best. I'm so glad football is back and can't wait for the start of the new Prem season!
JackTheStripper
SIGN HIM UP FERGIE, SIGN HIM UP!
fifthcolumnblue
Why can't the words "United" and "Truth" appear in the same sentence when a Utd fan is talking about Tevez. I'll bet he scores a couple against you next season to make a point.
Sindbad
Look at these idiots trying to justify the 25.5 mil fee. If I want a workhorse who can score more, I'd rather we bid for Kuyt! No one can convince me Tevez is worth that amount of money. We're not going pay that amount for his transfer to wait for his goals in the latter stages of the season. If the goals had been scored earlier, we wouldn't need crucial goals! He doesnt even offer much in the way of assists!
ForeverUnited
John O Shea has scored some pretty important goals for us over the years. There's one at Anfield that sticks out in my head. He must be worth 30 million then! Tevez misses a lot of easy chances inside the box, if Cit-eh create as many chances as we do for him you'll soon see that. As for him rescuing West Ham, well quite frankly if he pulled his finger out of his a***, in the first 6 months of the season and didn't wait till Feburary to score his first goal for them (not from open play either) then maybe he wouldn't have to have "saved" them. The way he ran his mouth towards the end of the season would ***** off any supporter. If he had played for anyone else other than us last year and done the same thing there would be far worse outcry. I think 4 hours of football at Wembley in one season and not a single shot on target sums up what Tevez is for me. Also I found it strange as soon as he made it clear he was unlikely to be at Old Trafford the following season he started to play a lot better. Unlike between Jan-March where I thought he was pretty poor unless playing someone outside the top 8. Maybe Tevez should rethink about playing up front and moving into Centre Midfield.
NotoriousRedDevil
Listen to this lot trying to make themselves feel better about losing one of the best strikers in the league. If he wasn't worth the cash then why did United offer up 25.5 mill....thats right 25.5 mill to try and keep him. Bacon Face will be spewing when Tev slots two against Man U in week three.
bluesnozza
Thats if he's fit or brave enough to show up at Old Trafford ;-). I'm sticking a fiver on my lunch break saying that he won't even play.
NotoriousRedDevil
bluesnozza - One of the best strikers in the league? Based on what!? His ability to run around like a headless chicken? Because he doesn't provide much in any other department.
ForeverUnited
i think most teams would agree that they would prefer to have Owen starting against them than they would Tevez. That doesn't justify his price tag yet very few players can claim to be worth 20 plus million.
zzz
for one tevez is not absolutely amazing, his work rate is outstanding, but you can't help feel thats all he is. his first touch is terrible, he's slow and you don't ever feel confident that he will score. i think all the man city comments are a little premature. lets see what he contributes this season before you call him anything other than average.
ryu00
 

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