If I told you two years ago that our starting strike force in 2012 would consist of: Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Cassano, and Tevez, you would've: a) mocked me mercilessly for weeks, b) recommended me to the finest psychiatrist in the area to be checked for a potentially debilitating mental illness, or c) punched me in the face for being a sensationalist idiot.
Then again, all of those three choices would seem fitting considering our main strikers fielded two years ago in a pivotal Champions League matchup vs. Manchester United were Marco Borriello, and (an atrociously out-of-place) Huntelaar, who was bizarrely deployed as a winger, even though he had no discernable pace, or crossing ability. Moving on..
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While staring at a portrait of Carlos Tevez definitely won't cause me to explode in an unexplainable rage of Stendhal Syndrome, his upside is rather intriguing. However, how intriguing could someone be who can't get motivated to play for a lavish salary of £8 million a year? The tale of Carlos Tevez is an interesting one indeed - a nostalgic player who misses his native South America dearly, who can display a moment of pure brilliance, follower by 90 minutes of sulking. He is, essentially, the type of player Milan has been targeting now for the past year.
Assuming this current trend of events, why not rename Milanello a Psychological Institute that prides itself on rehabilitating former troubled stars? After the successful quelling of former bad boys such as Ibrahimovic, V.Bommel, Cassano, and Boateng (honorable mention: Taiwo, who has not only been quelled, but also killed), Milan is taking chances on players deemed to be a locker room cancers, distractions, and red card threats every time they enter the pitch. Carlos Tevez fits the mold to surgical perfection. If Milan can somehow snag him on loan (unlikely), he would have a second chance at a career that has been derailed more than once, and even at times for circumstances out of his direct control, such as the West Ham ownership saga.
Is Tevez a good fit for Milan?
- Ultimately, I'd say no. I'm not one to doubt his ability, but monetary reasons are the ones that keep me skeptical. Tevez was asked to lower his salary by nearly 50%, which would still mean he'd earn somewhere in the vicinity of €4 million a year, which is roughly €4 million times the worth of Digao. So, a Milan side that has been rather frugal (when compared to the other big players) and business savvy, would be spending such a lucrative amount on a player who is handcuffed and CAN'T PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Not only that, but what happened to Galliani saying Milan would be saving Cassano's spot for his eventual return next year? Where will Antonio play if Tevez arrives, or switch it around - Carlos being put on the bench is a major question mark, however Milan have shown they can control players with this type of attitude. Whether or not someone at the Milanello slips Xanax in their burgers is beyond me.
The days of Carlos Tevez donning the Manchester kit are numbered
- Seems as if traitor L3-0 has reared his ugly head once again, as he has convinced the sheikhs at PSG to make a whopping offer to Tevez. Leonardo, as we all know, still has some glaring complexity issues after Milan thrashed his side 3-0 in the derby last year. So what does the former Milan coach, turned Inter coach, turned drunk driver, turned PSG director do when he sees Tevez close to signing for the rossoneri? He tells the powers that be to steal the Argentine talent from the team that practically made him who is is today. As you may or may not know, I dislike Leonardo. And believe it or not, the Curva Sud dislikes him, Gattuso and Abate dislike him, and Gianni the twelve year old boy doesn't fancy Leonardo either.
- What about Stephan El-Shaarawy? The young Italian talent needs a space in the lineup to continue developing his skills. It seems that Milan will play him in the Coppa Italia, where he can continue improving and eventually become part of the rotation in the Serie A. The purchase of Tevez could hinder his development at Milan. The last thing we want with El-Shaarawy is a repeat of Dominic Adiyiah.
- Thiago Silva told Tevez, "If you want to win, join Milan." A subtle swipe at Leonardo and Paris St. Germain, albeit a true one. It'll be interesting to scout the January transfer window as it will probably decide the cups Milan will hoist next spring. Keep in mind, it's last years transfer window that won us the Serie A with the key arrivals of Cassano, Van Bommel, and Emanuelson. This year should be no different - even if Milan have significantly different aspirations than they did last year.
- To finish this segment, I leave you with this potentially life changing video. Some say Carlos Tevez is worth the salary based on his moves alone. Highly debatable, but an interesting discussion nonetheless.
Also, sorry for the delay. I've been finishing up some important work - now with the holiday's coming up: posts will be much more frequent.
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