Sunday, 10 May 2009
Tevez Returning to Upton Park?
What are the chances that Tevez would ever return to West Ham? I felt that it was quite high a few weeks ago as I first read about him wanting to leave Man United but press speculation seemed to point towards him joining Real Madrid. A week or two ago he was very strongly linked to Real Madrid again when he was interviewed by Spanish journalists. He said he would like to play in Spain but his wording left me in no doubt that he meant at a much later date.
What raised my hopes then was that he intimated that his family wanted to stay in England. Today I saw the BBC report which raised my hopes yet again with the following -
"I don't think I'll be a United player next season. I've done everything I possibly can but they have never made me an offer or given me a contract. I have not been treated as a member of the (Man U) family. The fans treat me like family but United have not signed me so they don't respect me as a footballer. It's not true my family are unhappy in England. It's not true I want to leave England for Spain. My four-year-old daughter is learning English and my wife is very happy living in England. We want to stay. I want to play in England because it is the best League in the world and it suits my style.”
Tevez was visibly moved by the reception he got from us when he played at Upton Park this season. He played diabolically for Man U in fact due to that outward show of affection from us West ham fans. Add to that the fact that in a World Cup year Tevez needs to be a first team regular to be sure of his Argentina place. That cuts out a move to Liverpool where he would have to compete for a place as second striker and is almost certain to be in the same kind of position he is now as at Man United.
Arsenal and Chelsea are likely to have the same issues where competition for that second striker spot is really hot.
How about Everton, Spurs, Man Citeh or Villa? Well Everton has a shortage of strikers but play a 4-5-1 without a second striker. Spurs, Citeh and Villa don't have a shortage of strikers and he would have competition again. Tevez would also be committing a cardinal sin if he moved across Manchester to money-bags Citeh so out of the Premiership teams it seems to me that it is down to us if regular football is the objective!
Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian works for us as our transfer consultant so I would be very surprised if it hasn't even been discussed as to how we could bring Tevez back even if it is on loan again? Hopefully this time Duxbury might get the paperwork right if it is true! None of the football journalists has made any connection to West Ham being a possible destination for Tevez but one of the strongest pulls is always the emotional one. He knows he is loved and revered at West Ham. He knows Zola is a good manager well versed in playing and coaching the second striker role which both of them excel at. He knows he would have Ashton or Cole, two England squad forwards, to play off. And he knows he would have regular football at a time he needs that to retain his Argentina place. He will also know that our thrust towards a Europa League spot has been hampered by a striker shortage yet we still might make it. 7th spot would certainly help our cause.
The only downside is our financial state. I cannot see Straumur putting money into us if they do take us over so how could we afford him? I am sure that if there is a will there is a way. Maybe it's an impossible dream but I remember waking up one morning 3 years ago to the amazement that he had signed for us first time round. We can dream some more surely?
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:47