How Much City Need Carlos Tevez:
Manchester City have a plethora attacking and creative options, but they rely on no one more than the talented, creative, and very controversial Argentine striker, Carlos Tevez. Absent for much of City’s title winning season, Tevez has come back and been City’s one consistent player all season (plus James Milner). Much like Aguero was last season, Tevez energizes the squad with his “never give up” attitude and relatively selfless play. Of course he is an established goal scorer (7 league goals this season), but also leads City’s entire squad in the assist category with 7 league assist (YES! That is more than David Silva and Nasri). City’s strike force just looks deflated when he is absent. A good example of this was last week against Southampton. Tevez had to be pulled out of the squad late due to “family reasons” leaving Dzeko and Aguero up front. Aguero, not in the form he was last season did absolutely nothing. Dzeko did have a decent game but he is not a creative player and cannot inspire an entire team. The strike force looked demoralized and uninterested. But they are not the only ones to blame, creative players such as David Silva and Nasri were like ghosts on the pitch. If Tevez was in the squad there is no doubt in my mind City at least gets a point. In conclusion, what Tevez brings to the table is a trait hard to find in strikers, the creativity to score and set up chances, and Manchester City have just been a different team when he is on the pitch.
Emphasis on the development of youth:
In recent years City have been known as the “Big Spenders”, due to their insane spending of millions of pounds assembling a world class squad. But this year in particular, the club is placing a big emphasis on developing youth. Unknown to many fans, City has produced many fine talents over the past few years, such as Daniel Sturidge, Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joey Barton, Steven Ireland and Shaun Wright Phillips just to name a few. After a lot of big spending the club is looking to produce talent for the future, a mission they have already began to succeed in. the 18 year old center back from Holland Karim Rekik, was the first of the academy starlets to make a first team debut for the club (Reading on 22 December 2012). His potential is so high, many tip him to be as good as Thiago Silva. Another player with extremely high potential is 19 year old Spanish midfielder Denis Suarez. Many people include him in list of the top five premier league young players. And perhaps the most famous of the bunch, Swedish striker John Guidetti. The starlet already made a name for himself last year scoring 20 goals for Feyernoord and is tipped for a big future at the club. Along with these three player City has wonderful talents around the age of 16 such as Jose Pozo, Jules Olivier Ntcham, and Mathias Bossaerts. To ensure these talents make it, City is building a state of the art academy campus. The future looks very bright for Manchester City, and I’m sure the big spending will stop in the near future.
Lack of goals:
Last season Manchester City destroyed most opponents who they had to face, scoring a total of 93 goals by the end of the season, and having a goal differential of +64. This year has been different; (although the season isn’t over) City has only scored 48 goals and have a goal differential of +24. As a whole, the squads attacking minded approach has diminished and players such as Sergion Aguero and Mario Balotelli (even though not at the club anymore) have/did not score at the same rate as they did last year. Even with Tevez back full time and Dzeko in decent form, City can’t seem to score goals at the same rate as last year.
Very good defending:
On the flip side, Manchester City’s defense has been very solid; in fact it is the best in the EPL. City have allowed a league low of 24 goals all year. Kompany has been good and consistent like always, and 19 year old Matija Nastasic has been a joy to watch and big talent for the future. Although Micah Richards has been absent Pablo Zabaleta is having the best season of his life. City’s squad set up has favored the defensive aspect of the game much of the time. If not for many injuries to the back line who knows how few goals the team would have allowed.
Written By Danny Karp (208)