Berbatov v Tevez - The Silliest Debate Ever
Pundits lining up to say that Fergie made a mistake by letting Tevez go because he scored 12 league goals for City and is in brilliant form while we are stuttering. Alan Hansen and Ian Wright (venerable and respectable football men, aren't they?) have both declared that Berbatov was a flop and that Tevez was a better player than him.
The fact that 'in-form' City who will win if they 'have a half-decent game' (Mark Lawrenson) are currently nine points behind us in the table seems to have eluded these great experts and they failed to take note of Tevez's first four months at City when he scored a grand total of TWO league goals, both against West Ham.
Essentially, they believe we should have discarded the guy who had the second highest total of assists in the league last season (and chipped in with 9 goals as well) in favour of a striker who scored 5 league goals in 29 games but would have cost upwards of 30M. How silly is that?
Besides, it was never a choice between Tevez and Berbatov. Indeed, Tevez was at his best last season when paired with Berbatov: the Bulgarian was the provider for three of Carlos' five league goals. Berbatov was recruited because Fergie did not want to rely on Tevez's erratic form and finishing and that's why he was benched more and more often in the second part of the 2007/08 season.
Tevez scored a grand total of ZERO league goals in 2008/09 when Berbatov wasn't on the pitch. So essentially it came down to Tevez v Rooney. There was always going to be one winner in that case and that would not be the player who started 38 games, 18 of them in the league but moaned about not getting enough opportunities.
Tevez is enjoying a purple patch now, good for him. But the end of the story is that I can't see how we're missing a striker who scored 5 league goals in 29 league games last season. Diego Forlan had a better goals-per-games ratio at United...