Is Carlos Tevez right for Liverpool?
Depending on which of the daily tabloids and broadsheets you believe, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is set to make an offer for wantaway Manchester United striker, Carlos Tevez.
Seemingly the Argentine striker has had enough of warming the bench. Just two days ago, there were claims that Tevez announced on Argentinian radio that he wanted ‘to leave Manchester United’.
These claims have been backed up by The Sun who have quoted him expressing his frustration at not playing regularly for Manchester United.
“Even if you score three or four goals, you do not play in another game,”
“There are many very good players but I need to play. There are many players and they all need to play but I have not played in important matches.”
Tevez has issued many warnings to Sir Alex Ferguson, stating that he is not afraid to walk out of the club should he not feel wanted by the Red Devils. Last January, Tevez spoke to the media about the lack of a new contract offer from the club despite Sir Alex’s claims that the club had offered the Argentine a contract.
“I want to stay but the club have not made any offer. I’ve been waiting for a year-and-a-half,”
Of Ferguson he stated, “I didn’t like him saying I didn’t like the offer I was made because neither my agent nor me were given one.”
He finished by saying, “If a club comes to me and offers me a five-year deal, I will accept it.”
Liverpool have been strongly linked with the 24-year-old over the last couple of days. Whether there is any substance to this rumour, it remains to be seen.
When Benitez was asked yesterday at Liverpool’s press conference about Tevez, the Spaniard avoided giving a straight answer to the possibility of bringing the striker to the Anfield club.
“There are many players and they all need to play but I have not played in important matches.”
Carlos Tevez voices his frustration over not playing regularly for Man United
The question is, would Tevez be right for Liverpool? I am unconvinced.
There is no doubting the work rate and commitment Tevez brings to the table. However Liverpool already have Dutchman, Dirk Kuyt running his socks off on the right wing for the Liverpool cause. Do we need another player doing that on the left?
I suggest the left because I thinks it unlikely he would start in a central position. I think Benitez and most Liverpool fans would be reluctant to break up the potent Torres and Gerrard partnership which is almost unstoppable when both players are fit and on form.
If Tevez did start from the left, Liverpool would be have no wingers in the starting line up. Tevez isn’t going to run at players for 90 minutes and whip in dangerous balls. That’s a job for Albert Reira or Ryan Babel.
Also, Liverpool have surely learnt the lesson of purchasing ambitious £20 million rated strikers and leaving them on the bench. Robbie Keane was left frustrated by the lack of playing time he saw at the Anfield club. Eventually he returned to Tottenham after less than 6 months at Liverpool.
Despite the pressure put on Benitez to play him, the Spaniard has proven himself to be a stubborn man. He was more than willing to leave Keane on the bench if he thought it was for the good of the team. Carlos Tevez beware!
So it seems to me that should Tevez make the controversial trip down the M25 to Liverpool, he may ultimately find himself in the same position: on the bench.