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The Carlos Tevez Tragedy

I feel sorry for Carlos Tevez.

Yes i know that one shouldn’t feel sorry for millionaire footballers earning a kings ransom for doing the thing they love but i can’t help it, i feel sorry for Carlos Tevez.

Last season with the Argentine’s help Man United stormed to a double success that was down in no small way to his guile, grit and ability to score important goals and create a great deal of firepower for the likes of Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. Then what happens, he picks up the paper and sees that Sir Alex has decided to fork out a great deal of loot for Dimitar Berbatov. It must have made poor Carlos very annoyed. You should also note that Carlos would already be annoyed by the fact that the Old Trafford outfit hadn’t made his two year loan deal a permanent transfer so now the Bulgarian being brought in looks like a kick in the teeth.

Last term the former West Ham man was given 39 starts and this season he has managed just 25 in meaningful competitions and to put that into some perspective its worth noting that John O’Shea has been selected in the first team more often than Mr. Tevez a fact that must annoy the striker even more.

One moment that seemed to sum up the way he has been treated by Ferguson this season was perfectly illustrated when he was hauled off after 66 minutes against Arsenal in the first leg of the Champions League semi. Tevez had been fairly decent in the game and was by no means the worst attacker on the pitch but when the slightly built nippy tiger of a player saw his number on the board he looked dejected and one does have to wonder about the players future at the club. It was a tactical decision that was as predictable as it was unfair.

Dimitar Berbatov was a purchase that was as unnecessary as it was hugely expensive. The Bulgarian is not best loved by the United faithful whilst Tevez enjoys the adulation of every fan because he gives a damn and never stops trying, coupled with the fact he has a great deal of ability and you have in many ways the perfect player, so what the hell is Sir Alex doing?

Rumours are abound that the terrier of a player may have to consider a move elsewhere in the summer, clubs such as Man City and Liverpool have been noted but i am sure he wouldn’t make such a move if he was offered a proper crack of the whip at the champions elect.

The best thing that the club can do is for them to sell the forever moaning Berbatov to Man City. Dimitar is the polar opposite to Carlos, the former Spurs man never ceases to annoy all as once again he loses possession of the ball but then does nothing to win it back, other than throw his arms in the air and then tuck his long hair behind his ears and wait for the next chance for him to misplace a showboating pass.

For me Carlos Tevez represents what football should be about and Dimitar Berbatov represents what the Premier League has made the English game into. I.e. a spectacle that seems bereft of heart.

I don’t think there is a single football fan who doesn’t rate Tevez and even fans of clubs who are sworn enemies of Man United would agree that the player has immense quality and a passion for the game that is a joy to behold and if Ferguson is not careful he could lose him and it would possibly the biggest mistake of his distinguished career if he allowed that to happen.

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