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Saturday June 29 2013
Tevez: Juve treasure or trouble?

As Juventus announce the signing of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, Alex Mott asks if the Argentine is worth the hassle.

“I chose Juventus because it was my dream to play here in Italy and the Bianconeri were the only club who really wanted me,” Carlos Tevez stated at his official unveiling on Thursday afternoon. “Your football is one of the hardest and most beautiful in the world.”

After back-to-back Scudetti without a true goalscorer, the Old Lady now have two on their books. Fernando Llorente will come in this summer after running down his contract at Athletic Bilbao, and with the Manchester City forward joining him for as little as €9m, the rest of Serie A are right to be scared going into the 2013-14 campaign.

The Argentine striker may not be known for his loyalty and dedication to the cause, but when he gets it right, as Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini can attest, the 29-year-old gets it very, very right. 107 goals in nearly 250 games for both Manchester clubs shows the talent Tevez has at his disposal. Which is a good job really, because being given the No.10 jersey at the Juventus Stadium means having to hit the back of the net regularly.

There was general bemusement when Antonio Conte’s side decided to hand the mythical shirt to the bullish, bolshie Argentine. Having gone untouched since Alessandro Del Piero left the club in 2012, it was widely expected to remain so, and perhaps even be retired. However, as owner John Elkann explained, “Juve now have another great No.10.”

There is certainly going to be pressure going into the new season for Tevez – expectations will be high, and with that shirt number on his back, fans will want the best, all of the time. Luckily, the Buenos Aires-born attacker knows pressure, as he explained to reporters. “The responsibility of the 10 is enormous. I already inherited that shirt from Diego Maradona at Boca Juniors. I respect it, it provides me with a challenge. I respect Del Piero, who is a symbol of this club and a great player.”

He may be saying all the right things, but as Ferguson and Mancini can also confirm, the striker has another more temperamental side. At every club he’s been to, Tevez has sought the exit door after a season or two – it happened at West Ham, where he pushed through a move to Old Trafford. And when that went wrong, it wasn’t long before he was off across the city to the Etihad Stadium. Some promising early performances were then followed by a fall-out with Mancini and that incident in Munich.  A nine-month sabbatical and mid-season golfing holidays in Argentina were interspersed with a hat-trick against Norwich and match-winning goals against Aston Villa and Swansea.

Carlos Tevez is a man of contradictions – mature calmness in front of goal mixed with a child’s tendency to sulk. A man who works tirelessly on the pitch when it suits him, but very little off it. Some may say it’s a gamble from Juventus, but at just €9m, it’s probably a gamble worth taking.

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Have your say...
Ppl that moan abt him having number 10 shirt....come on now....I hate it when clubs retire shirts....like Milan.....players must be given chance to prove......and I am more then happy him having 10.....better then giovinco
on the 29th June, 2013 at 2:59pm
@daniel g

My best friend is Man U supporter. I find it hard to accept that he outplayed Rooney at Man U. He did well but he didn't do better then Rooney c'mon. I think he will do we'll on juve but for the sake of juve I would have brought in a younger talent .
on the 29th June, 2013 at 1:19pm
Juve should of retired the number shirt when del piero left
on the 29th June, 2013 at 12:41pm
We should'nt have given him No. 10 yet. He should have fought for the number. Maybe after 2 seasons, then we would know if he is worth Uncle Del's number.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 12:35pm
I saw Tevez the first time in the 2004 Olympics and I was amazed by the lad. He became one of my favorite players and being a Juventus fan it was my dream to see him play in the beloved black&white jersey. After 9 years it's a dream come true... I'm delighted and I can't wait to see him play for the team.
He's a champion and he will prove it in Juve too!
on the 29th June, 2013 at 12:11pm
Whilst Tevez is a good player and a bargain for Juve, I am pissed he has been given the number 10 shirt. What a joke.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 11:40am
The Kolarov story is interesting. Would Juve then play Asamoah in the middle more often? If that is the case, Marchisio could be squeezed out altogether. I dont think that he would accept being a squad player. And if Juve do sign Ogbonna, then who's place would be under threat? Perhaps he is considered the eventual replacement for Barzagli. I wonder how he will find playing on the right of a back 3, when he is left footed. It will fascinating to see how it all pans out.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 11:17am
Respect, Loyalty, Honor - these are the words Italians live by, as much as they live on Calcio and Pasta.... Not in Juventus these days - a TOOL of an owner in Andrea Agnelli, who has done nothing to prove he knows what he's doing at Juventus, and who literally laps up whatever bull his cousins Lapo and John - the Elknann bozos - spew, signifies that this Tevez deal is nothing but another spite to our greatest Il Capitano (barring Gaetano Scirea)....
on the 29th June, 2013 at 11:17am
Can't wait for the season to start and so want kitbag to sort out his shirt #marottanailedit he is a natural striker but lets just hope he isn't on the way out like when we got viera to name just one great player who was a flop after being such a talent in his early years...not sure I would have given him 10 though as at his age he is hardly gonna hang around and challenge ADP's stats...
on the 29th June, 2013 at 10:30am
Great article, couldn't agree more! I get the feeling that conte and mancini are two totally different types of management, which may be key to how tevez acts. I expect that conte is much more involved with the players, with similarities to mourinho in that respect, and seems to have that relationship with his players which makes them want to play for him and give their all. One thing which can't be faulted is the work rate of tevez. Only time tell on how well he does in the bianconerI....
on the 29th June, 2013 at 10:21am
A great signing, at a great price. He is technically excellent & Conte will love his work ethic. As for his loyalty, with all due respect to West Ham, most players would leave them for Utd. At Utd he outperformed Rooney, yet Fergie elected to play the Englishman & left Tevez on the bench most of the time. Whilst what he did at City was wrong, I do think that Mancini did not help in this matter with his poor man-management skills. I think that he will be a lot happier in Italy.
on the 29th June, 2013 at 10:01am

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