How can City heal the wound opened by the depature of Tevez?

We have another guest blogger on board today, as Preston fan Jordan Grant looks at Carlos Tevez’s expected departure from Manchester City and the consequences it could have for the club.

Over the previous two seasons, Carlos Tevez has made 66 appearances for Manchester City, 62 of these appearances being in the starting eleven. Within this period, he has scored 43 goals, as well as turning provider with 13 assists. To emphasise further his importance to City, they pick up 3 points 52% of the time with Tevez on the pitch.

With all this taken into consideration, it is understandable that the City faithful will be shaking with anxiety about the upcoming season knowing that their talismanic forward may not be wearing sky blue. (Or will they?)

Although this may seem far-fetched, Manchester City can recover from the loss of their ‘Mr. Dependable’ – in all honesty, doing so is a necessity if City hope to challenge for the Premier League title in the 2011-12 season.

The most obvious solution to this predicament is to sign an immediate replacement. It appears that Roberto Mancini’s crosshairs are firmly set on Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid to be Tevez’s successor – after Mancini revealed an interest in Aguero during an interview with Sky Sports.

Aguero is Tevez’s compatriot in the Argentinean national team and like Tevez, is coveted and adored by his team’s support. A minor comparison can also be made between the two strikers’ statistics: the past two seasons at Atletico have seen Aguero make 62 appearances, with 22 goals and 5 assists. Those stats are not as good as those of Tevez; however Aguero is 4 years younger and (arguably) has higher potential. Add this to the stats of Aguero’s two seasons before that (74 apps/ 36 goals/ 13 assists) and Aguero might just be the perfect reason for City fans to say to themselves ‘Who is Carlos Tevez again?’

In addition to this, Mancini would have to provide Tevez’s replacement with some ammunition. There is no point in having a world-class striker if he is not supplied with sufficient service – David Silva is City’s main playmaker, but what if he should suffer a serious injury? James Milner is a good player but doesn’t have that special final ball, whereas Adam Johnson has the passing ability required by an elite forward but his injury history leaves something to be desired.

No surprise then that City have heavily pursued Udinese’s Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez and have also been linked with Javier Pastore of Palermo and Marek Hamsik of Napoli. Yet the most likely prospect to arrive at Eastlands this upcoming season is Samir Nasri. Arsenal’s midfield dynamo looks set to leave the Emirates this summer; and despite the claims of Arsene Wenger that Nasri will remain a Gunner, Nasri seems to be set on a move away from Arsenal. With Sir Alex Ferguson admitting defeat with regards to their quest to bring Nasri to Manchester United, their Manchester counterparts look likely to be the ones to snap up the services of Nasri.

To supplement the signings of a striker and a midfielder, Manchester City will have to remain patient with Roberto Mancini. Squads with numerous new signings can take months, if not seasons, to gel and work cohesively as one unit. With several players every transfer window, this makes Mancini’s job harder as he attempts to nurture these individual talents into one collective unit. Mancini has done a stellar job since his hiring in December 2009 of helping his players mature and learn each other’s personalities and styles on the pitch – and the bosses at City must allow Mancini to work his magic further with his new arrivals; to incorporate them into the team and make them value their position within the club.

Another way that City could make up for the imminent loss of Tevez is to enhance the performance of Mario Balotelli. Keeping the flamboyant Italian happy at Eastlands is crucial; this will spur Balotelli to put 100% effort into every appearance that he makes – in turn this will increase his goal-scoring tally. Consequently, this will push Edin Dzeko to improve, and so Aguero (or Tevez’s eventual successor) will have to fight hard to keep their place in the starting eleven.

It is essential that Manchester City compensate for the likely departure of Carlos Tevez. Failure to do so will result in City’s supporters being overwhelmingly disappointed with the fruits brought by the 2011-12 season. Regardless of the disastrous consequences that may bestow City if they meet their worst case scenario, it is highly likely that Mancini will fulfil the wish of the fans and propel them to loftier heights than just a solitary FA Cup victory – which was won last season.

Note: This piece was written before this morning’s news that Corinthians had pulled out of a deal to sign the Argentine. 


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