x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Carlos Tevez: prolific and priceless

Manchester City's Argentinian striker is proving money well spent, however much he cost.

Carlos Tevez is now the leading South American goalscorer in Premier League history.
Carlos Tevez is now the leading South American goalscorer in Premier League history.

Carlos Tevez's double strike for Manchester City against Blackpool on Sunday prompted ironic chants of "Fergie, Fergie, sign him up" from the City supporters at Bloomfield Road.

Sir Alex Ferguson ignored those pleas from his own fans in 2009 and allowed Tevez to make the controversial move across Manchester.

The United manager said at the time that the Argentine striker was not worth the £25 million (Dh144,329) fee his adviser had been demanding. How much City paid to secure the services of Tevez is unclear - reports have ranged from £25m to £47m - but it is starting to look an increasingly shrewd piece of business.

Tevez has scored 28 goals in his last 31 league games and his two goals on Sunday made him the leading South American scorer in the history of the Premier League, moving him above Gus Poyet, the Uruguayan midfielder who scored 54 goals for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, and Nolberto Solano, the Peruvian winger who found the net 49 times for West Ham United, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

While Tevez cannot stop scoring, spare a thought then for his some-time strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor.

At this stage last season, the Togo centre-forward was in a rich vein of form having scored four in his first five games following a big-money move from Arsenal, Sunday's opponents. Then came the game against his former club at Eastlands. Adebayor scored his side's third goal in a 4-2 win and memorably ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans who once cheered him.

The move contributed to a three-match ban for misconduct and it also halted Adebayor's campaign in its tracks.

When he returned to action, he managed only five goals in his next 19 starts and that poor form has continued this season. In seven matches (three starts) for City in 2010/11, Adebayor has yet to find the net and he is finding it difficult to establish any form or rhythm while Roberto Mancini, the City manager, largely favours playing Tevez as a lone striker.

How Adebayor must wish he could turn the clock back 12 months.

twoods@thenational.ae