It’s a word spewed around a lot in the modern game of football, except it’s commonly preceded by the word ‘no’. It’s been shown with the recent sackings of Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce. It’s been shown with the recent contract saga with Wayne Rooney and now it’s been shown by Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. After eighteen months with the Blues the Argentinian work-horse has decided that his time at City is up. Having only played fifty times for the club and finding the net thirty-three times, Tevez has quickly become a hero at the City of Manchester Stadium since his high profile transfer from bitter rivals Manchester United. After an impressive first season with the club, and a possible over-reliance on him, Roberto Mancini awarded Carlos Tevez the captaincy at the start of the season. Within five months of being handed this accolade however, Tevez has handed in a written transfer request citing a breakdown in “relationship with certain executives and individuals at the club” and family reasons. It is not the first time however that Carlos Tevez has caused controversy involving potential transfers. In August 2006, prior to his move to West Ham United, Tevez refused to continue playing for Corinthians. Add to that his anger at being substituted both at Manchester United and Manchester City you get a player renowned with a stroppy-streak.
|Carlos Tevez questions Mancini after he’s substituted in the 90th minute
After their 3-1 away win at Upton Park on Saturday, Manchester City drew level on points with top-of-the-table Arsenal, separated by goal-difference only. City are, at this moment in time, right where they aim to be in terms of their league position. Not only is that strong, but their position regarding the Tevez saga is strong too. With three and a half years left on his reported £286,000 per week wage, Tevez is not in the driving seat regarding a potential move. With such a lengthy contract, City have the option of sitting tight and waiting for the right bid or accepting Tevez’s possible retirement –either way the Blues will earn some money back on their star man. Carlos Tevez has been treated very well at City by all accounts. The club and manager have taken a soft and compassionate approach regarding Tevez’s family situation, regularly allowing him to fly back to Argentina to see his two daughters. Even now, whilst his team-mates are preparing for a tough Europa League fixture away at Juventus, Tevez is sunning himself in Tenerife. Whilst nobody can begrudge the little Argentinian a break after his 100% committed performances so far this season, this news smacks of dishonesty and disrespect considering he is supposed to be in his native land. A club captain needs to be committed on the pitch and committed off the pitch – just look at John Terry (his commitment to football, not his personal life).
After Tevez’s public transfer request it is time for Manchester City to appoint a new club captain. Look no further than Vincent Kompany. Looking through City’s ranks the first two names on the team sheet without question are Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong. The former Hamburg men are two of City’s longest serving players – considering they were signed by Mark Hughes only a few seasons ago. Both are players who appear totally committed to the cause – as well as the tackle. Whilst de Jong is a close second in terms of suitability for the captaincy, Kompany edges it with his presence, knowledge and professionalism. ‘Vinnie’ has grown in the centre back role, originally deployed as a defensive midfielder he filled the gap left at centre back after the departure of Richard Dunne and the loss of form of Joleon Lescott. After an impressive start to the season, ‘Vinnie’ is getting the plaudits he deserves and as recognition for his excellent performances since his arrival at the club, the captaincy would suit him perfectly. A man with loyalty is needed as captain of Manchester City, Vincent Kompany it seems is as loyal as they come.
By Matt Hill