Juve’s new signing Carlos Tevez will be missed in Premier League
Despite a turbulent spell in England, the Premier League will miss Manchester City's Carlos Tevez, writes Harry Kemble
Carlos Tevez has been a figurehead for the Premier League during its most turbulent years, but he will be sorely missed come next season.
Juventus, who have been trying to sign the forward since 2011, have finally won the race to land Tevez on a three-year deal. Admittedly, the race field was small.
His surprising arrival at West Ham United in 2006 was the beginning of seven seasons of box office drama, on and off the pitch, for both the player and the whole division.
He saved the Hammers from relegation in his first season before going on to win the Champions League, three top-flight titles and the FA Cup with the two Manchester clubs.
But there was much chaos in amongst the silverware, culminating with the public spat in the Allianz Arena with Roberto Mancini in September 2011, who arguably lost his job due to his failure to handle Tevez and City’s other dressing room egos.
The Argentine was partly culpable, but not all the blame should be attributed to him. He was poorly advised too by his representatives.
It is important to remember this as he leaves these shores once and for all.
Many fans will be glad to see the back of him. Not to mention City’s new hierarchy – technical director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano.
The pair, formerly at Barcelona, are keen to invest in tomorrow’s young stars and Tevez’s reported £198,000 per-week wages – in light of the imminent financial fair play rules – were getting in the way.
With the incoming Manuel Pellegrini soon to arrive at Eastlands, it was probably best for all parties that Tevez was allowed to move on.
If a confrontational Mancini couldn’t deal with him, what hope would the preoccupied Pellegrini, at nearly 60, have?
But what of Tevez’s time in England: never has a South American player been so suited to football in this country.
His pace, aggressive “street footballer” style, and never-say-die attitude on the pitch made him a joy to watch and a successful component for any team.
Tevez scored 74 goals in 196 appearances for West Ham, Manchester United and City, but he did so much more to ensure he will be remembered fondly in the hearts of the fans, whose clubs he played for.
He ran tirelessly for the cause, whatever the colour of the shirt or match situation.
Just ask West Ham supporters, who saw him net against the Red Devils to complete a miraculous escape from relegation on a miserable Mancunian day in 2007.
He won rather unusual admirers, too. Neil Warnock was a big fan of Tevez’s talents, despite his former club Sheffield United being relegated because of that goal which secured West Ham’s top-level status.
Of Tevez, Warnock said: “A fabulous player, I wish I’d have had him – a player like that to play for me.”
At Juventus, Tevez will link up with striker Fernando Llorente.
The former Athletic Bilbao man, 28, netted just five times last year but his fellow signing could be just the tonic for a return to form after a difficult season that involved a fall-out with his manager, Marcelo Bielsa. Where have we heard that before?
Llorente thrives in aerial situations and with Tevez orchestrating proceedings just behind him – La Vecchia Signora could be the dark horse of next season’s Champions League. Especially, with Mirko Vučinić in the Juve ranks as well.
At 29, City took their opportunity to cash in on Tevez with just one year left on his contract, albeit just £7.6m!
But you can be sure he has many more performances left in him.
With stars Neymar and Isco favouring La Liga over the Premier League, English football will no doubt need some marquee signings – to replace Tevez – before the summer transfer window closes to be absolutely sure of its title of “best league in Europe”.
We will certainly miss you, Carlos.