Every man and his dog knows how the Carlos Tevez saga has unfolded, from his antics in Munich to golf clubs in Argentina and finally last weeks belated apology meaning, once fit, he will be available for selection to add yet more goals to Manchester City's title bid. The apology albeit hollow signifies a victory for the club and for football in general. We have handled this extremely well right from the outset and it sends out a message to everybody else in the game that we will no longer be messed about; it also spells the end to all the sparring and negative slurs surrounding the whole sorry affair.
His return to training last week was the necessary step for all concerned parties. The Club's view should be that by, ostensibly, allowing him back into the squad will let things quiet down on the media front and his value on the transfer market come the summer window could increase back to a figure approaching a more realistic £40million plus mark which is substantially better than the paltry £20million quoted in January, should he get himself match fit once more. From Carlos’s or more likely puppet master Kia's perspective although he may find himself warming the bench for much of the remainder of the season, with just a few minutes playing time here and there when games have been won and Tevez’s reward for this will be the big money transfer he so craves, with the added bonus of a sizeable signing on fee for him and Kia to enjoy.
Carlos Tevez will be merely a vague memory as we take on and conquer competitions both domestically and abroad
It's a win-win situation from a business point of view yet understandably opinion is divided between us Blues on whether or not the stroppy enigma should be allowed the privilege of donning the sacred sky blue jersey but in a rare moment of rationality I am listening to my head over my heart and will outline exactly why a fit and firing Carlos Tevez can only be classed as an asset adding a different dimension to Roberto Mancini's already strong squad.
The critical factor that swayed me, with a heavy heart, towards the pro Tevez camp is the willingness and enthusiasm at which the players seem to have welcomed back Carlitos with. Yaya Toure publicly stated all the Argie needed to do was apologise and everybody would welcome him back with open arms, hardly surprising considering the way he carried us almost single handedly at times to a 3rd place finish last season. Remember were not talking about some also-ran footballer who may or may not chip in with a goal now and again, we are talking about a footballer who has 59 Argentina caps to his name and was the joint top scorer in the Premier League last season.
I would even go so far to say that he was my favourite City player of all time, impressively combining his huge talent with total commitment and workrate on the field resulting in a player with a strike rate on a par if not better than Shaun Goaters, for me and many others Carlos was THE ultimate City player. Of course comparisons are going to be drawn between the combative forward and a certain Rodney Marsh whose arrival at a similar time in the season infamously derailed the clubs quest for glory in 1972, well that was then and this is now, Carlos should return as at times we've been lacking a sharp edge up front, Sunderland, West Brom and Wigan away spring to mind. This coupled with the problem of the erratic Edin Dzeko, who only seems to find sporadic patches of form, then the bulldog-like strikers ability to drag defenders all over the field and create something from nothing could be just what we need in the run-in.
Basically it is like signing a completely new player given his limited impact on the first team this season, if United or Spurs had purchased a striker in the class of Tevez in January we would all be shitting ourselves, convinced that the new man would provide the ammunition to knock us off top spot. As soon as Carlos was ruled out of last seasons FA cup semi against our dear rivals, 90% of Blues wrote off our chances, he was that big a player for us. 10 months on and there is no reason he can't be that important again.
Despite this I am not completely at ease with the return and I certainly will not be chanting his name when he does enter the field, I also accept that several months of disrespecting our fine club cannot be forgiven with a tacky paragraph blatantly written by somebody else due to his inability to speak the English language however one thing is for sure, if, come the 30th of April against United, with the scores level, the ball drops to Tevez in the box in the dying embers of the game not one Blue would want him to miss and you know what I don't think he would. We must be bigger than all the nonsense and remember that in ten years time the headline will read along the lines of 'Manchester City Premiership Champions 2012' and Carlos Tevez will be merely a vague memory as we take on and conquer competitions both domestically and abroad.
So for the time being welcome (back) to Manchester Carlos, get yourself fit and fire us to what would be a landmark title.
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