Tevez set for explosive spell at City

Carlos Tevez has never been far away from success in a career spanning two continents, two EPL titles, CL glory and a gold medal at the Olympics.

updated: August 02, 2009 13:41 IST
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Carlos Tevez has never been far away from success in a career spanning two continents, two Premier League titles, Champions League glory and a gold medal at the Olympics.

But the South American is no stranger to controversy either and his stormy transfer to Manchester City this close-season promises to be the start of an entertaining spell at Eastlands.

Tevez's decision to move five miles across Manchester from Old Trafford to City is shaping up to be one of the most risky transfers in Premier League history.

United have won a record-equalling 18 titles - including the last three - while City have not won a major piece of silverware during Tevez's 25 years on the planet.

So what possesses a striker at the peak of his game to leave the most successful team in Premier League history for a club which only a decade ago was marooned in the third tier of English football?

Tevez's weekly 150,000 pounds wages will no doubt cushion the blow of missing out playing on the Champions League stage this season.

City reached the UEFA Cup quarter finals last season but the only European action they will undertake this season is a friendly against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on August 19 after finishing an underwhelming 10th in the table.

In his second and final season at United, Tevez grew tired of finding himself out of Sir Alex Ferguson's starting line-up. And City's 25 million-pound arrival is unlikely to have that problem quite so often at his new club.

Tevez will compete with fellow new signings Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz for a place in Mark Hughes's expensive attack, but his Latin flair should ensure he plays more games than not.

Yet expect fireworks if the Argentina international is asked to warm the substitutes bench for any length of time.

Tevez might be a man of few words when it comes to dealing with the media but he isn't afraid to shout when he feels the time is right.

He has been involved in a growing catalogue of controversial moments since arriving in England in August 2006.

His spell at West Ham United resulted in a 5.5 million pounds fine for the London club in 2007 for breaching Premier League rules over his signing.

And his arrival at City has caused major eruptions in a city where football is the hot topic.

No sooner had Tevez completed his move than a huge poster appeared in the city centre celebrating the signing of Tevez and proclaiming: 'Welcome to Manchester'.

The huge image of Tevez was erected in an attempt to poke fun at United.

The ploy appeared to have worked after United supporters used rolled-up socks dipped in red paint to splatter the offending image.

'Poster War' had broken out in Manchester. And Ferguson fanned the flames by wading into the row.

"It's City isn't it?" said Ferguson. "They are a small club, with a small mentality.

"All they can talk about is Manchester United, that's all they've done and they can't get away from it.

"They think taking Tevez away from Manchester United is a triumph. It is poor stuff. I thought he would go to City a long time ago."

Those words will have been music to Tevez's ears.

After all he claims his relationship with Ferguson collapsed long before his move to City after claiming that a lack of communication with the United manager prompted his move.

Tevez may feel he has got one over on Ferguson by joining United's bitter rivals.

But the simple fact remains that during Ferguson's 23-year reign, very few players have gone on to bigger and better things after leaving Old Trafford.

Despite City's new-found wealth and huge spending spree, Tevez has one huge challenge on his hands if he is to buck that trend.