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Saturday August 17 2013
Tevez or Higuain the best buy?

Juventus and Napoli bought two of Europe’s most wanted strikers, but Dave Taylor asks who got the best deal. 

This summer Italy has welcomed several superstars to Serie A with perhaps the two most eye-catching deals involving Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain. Juventus paid Manchester City £8m plus a further £5m in performance-related bonuses for 29-year-old Tevez, while Napoli gave Real Madrid a record £32m for 26-year-old Higuain.

Naturally there is fierce debate over who got the best deal, yet legendary Argentinean hitman Hernan Crespo feels that it’s Italian football itself that has won out. “For me the deals are a sign that things are returning to the glory days, when Serie A was at the top of European football,” insisted the former Parma, Lazio, Inter and Milan striker. “It is a fascinating challenge for them both. Pipita is a hitman, but can also help players like Marek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Maria Callejon score more goals too. Certainly I am not surprised that he preferred Napoli to Arsenal. Meanwhile Tevez has become a more complete and organised player. I saw him recently and he also seemed more mature and has that creative streak that allows him to develop other things.”

Both clubs have sent out massive messages of intent by bringing the pair to the peninsula and it will be intriguing to see who makes the biggest impact.

Certainly Tevez will add much-needed firepower to the Old Lady’s forward line and he should also prove a potent foil for Fernando Llorente. Undoubtedly he has caused problems for his previous clubs, but there is absolutely no doubting his footballing abilities. Juve were looking for a proven, world-class striker for a reasonable price and with 58 goals in 110 league games for City, they certainly got one.

Yet Carlito brings more than just goals and has already impressed Coach Antonio Conte in pre-season. “He’s extraordinary,” said the Juve boss. “He’s a great professional, a splendid person, always willing and working exceptionally well.” Certainly in the past he has shown he is a hard worker and with his goals, energy and intelligence, if Juve can tame the Apache they have got themselves a real chief. All the same they did target Higuain first, but as they say - when the divine is unattainable, a fallen angel will suffice.

Señor Gonzalo is a little more understated both on and off the field, but like Tevez was not always first choice last season. His 16 goals plus five assists in 19 starts and nine sub appearances suggests that given game time he should prove a regular and consistent goal scorer. 

If compared with the departed Edinson Cavani, Higuain measures up very well, scoring 107 goals in 190 appearances in La Liga, one every 112 minutes, plus 45 assists. Cavani meanwhile scored 110 goals in 206 appearances, one every 149 minutes with 27 assists yet played an extra 5,000 minutes. Certainly Coach Rafa Benitez knows what he is getting. “He’s a great player and it was an easy decision for me to sign him. I am very happy to have him,” emphasised the Spaniard.

Yet as goals win games, by looking at both Pipita’s and Carlito’s contributions we can perhaps spread a little more light on who will turn out to be the best buy.

Last season Higuain needed an average 3.5 shots to score 16 goals, while Tevez took almost three times as many shots (9.5) to score 11. However, it must be taken into consideration that he played more games in a deeper second striker/attacking midfield role, which obviously limited his chances of shooting. Another significant stat is that Tevez clocked up 600 more minutes on the pitch than Higuain.

Of course you can use statistics like drunks use lamp-posts, more for support than illumination. However, if these recent figures prove anything, they show that Higuain is perhaps the more clinical striker, yet if his fee is taken into consideration then who knows? Perhaps the question should not be about who made the best deal but how much both players can add to Serie A and for that only time will tell. 

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Have your say...
Higuain is younger. He has a great scoring record as he played in LA Liga for a Madrid side that broke a points record and played alongside Ronaldo and co. tevez played in a man city team no where close to Madrid quality and in a tougher league.

I think higuain will score more goals for Napoli and he doesn't have much striker competition so he will shine more in serie a whereas tevez has a lot of competition and conte uses a rotation system, but i still then tevez is better
on the 17th August, 2013 at 5:38pm
These two players are not serie bringing back the glory days, they are gone. Juve have a tevez that is way past his best and will soon retire. Napoli have a Madrid reject that they paid over the odds for, he was a substitute at Madrid. Also, higuain wanted arsenal, but only Napoli were stupid enough to pay that much.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 5:32pm
The article doesn't ask about Gomez or Rossi. Try reading it again folks.

Best deal all round is Higuain. Napoli got big money for Cavani, and spent half of it on Argentina's number 9.

Brilliant work from De La!
on the 17th August, 2013 at 3:58pm
No doubt hugain is a better deal than tevez,tevez scoring booth have left him long time ago and to me he's not what juve need now.they need a lethal striker like gomez,eto,cavani or even benzema no llorente and tevez they aint better than matri,vucinic,giovinco or quags,though i believe it was cause by lack of fund.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 3:12pm
None. Fiorentina did. Mario Gomez - what a bargain! €20m or so for a player of his class? Yes, please! Higuain will be a success at Napoli, I don't think Tevez will do all that well at Juventus, he'll eventually fall out with the management. But if you are asking for the team who got the better buy, it has to be Fiorentina for Gomez.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 2:39pm
Neither Higuain or Tevez. The Best buy is Mario Gomez
on the 17th August, 2013 at 2:15pm
Let's not forget Gomez and Rossi.. But of course, they are not Rube or Napoli players so they won't pay attention to them.. Gomez is in my opinion just as good as Higuain and Tevez. And when Rossi get's his good form back, he will also be as good as them.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 1:37pm
Comparing Seb Giovinco to stewart downing? what are YOU smoking. Giovinco is a great player, he played well when given the chance last season. Gio along with Matri,Vucinic & Quags were victims of Conte's bizarre stiker rotation system. If you look at their stats Gio and Vucinic were the better two strikers, thats why Quags and Matri are looking at joining Downing in the premier league.

Overall Higuain is the better buy. younger and a better player. He could become a Napoli icon.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 1:28pm
Umm hard to say...Tevez was cheaper and will score goals if he plays but is older. Tevez has also argued with every manager at every team he has played for (WHU, Man U & Man C). Higuain is clinical and younger and with hamsik, Insigne or Pandev in support will score a lot, hopefully 20 goals this season. Value for money I would say Higuain as he is more likely to stay at Napoli for longer then Tevez will stay at Juve.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 1:29pm
Can't help but feel that this question should have been asked six to seven months from now. In any way, Juve got a better financial deal since Tevez is worth more than what Juve paid. Napoli got the better goal scorer but the scudetto will decide which team got the overall better deal. Let's not forget there are Gomez and Rossi who arrived this season as well and could prove to be a far better deal that either Tevez or Higuain.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 12:46pm
“For me the deals are a sign that things are returning to the glory days,"

..As much as I wish for this to be true, the fact is that Serie A dont have the money to bring back the glory. Napoli getting Higuain is great, but dont forget the fact that they were only able to buy him because they sold an even bigger star, namely Cavani. Jovetic were sold too. Generally bigger stars have been leaving Serie A, than coming in, the past years. Tevez wasn't that expensive.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 12:35pm
@Mustafaaa
Higuain is a great player, sure. But comparing Giovinco with Tevez? What are you smoking, dude ? Giovinco couldn't fill Stewart Downing's shoes. He's just a pathetic midget that has no place in any Serie A team above 10th place. And Llorente, once he's settled in, will be 10 times more useful than the tree called Matri
on the 17th August, 2013 at 11:30am
Juve also get advantage from tactical view, what Napoli got is a replacement from their lethal striker Cavani.. nothing more.

Juve kept all their-stars, their productive midfielders are staying there.. so Tevez is significant add-up to their attack.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 11:24am
'Higuain is perhaps the more clinical striker' this is agreeable, he has more qualities than Teves & younger.

But as overall Juve got the best deal,

From business view, Higuain is better than Tevez but his quality absolutely not twice better, not even one and a half. But his price is four times than Tevez.. which i said is overpriced. Arsenal & Juventus knew this, so is Napoli.. but they must have a replacement for Cavani & got a pile of money to use , so the deal is done.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 11:21am
A new stadium is more important than Hiquain or other good players. Each year with a new stadium you can earn 25-40 mill. more.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 11:17am
Higuain was the classic striker that Juve needed, not the clown Tevez whose shoes could've been filled by Giovinco. Juve needed a bomber, a great reference-point striker. Instead they brought the "super" Llorente while they have Matri, and brought Tevez while they have Giovinco, or more so we could forget Del Piero.

Juve will be better this season not because those two, but because they are evolving as a team.

Higuain was a better deal than Tevez.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 10:46am

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