Based on recent chatter regarding the aboriginal looking Argentine, it seems that Roberto Mancini has come to terms with the idea of excepting Tevez back into the fold. This no doubt has much to do with the increase in intense pressure that the City coach has felt in recent weeks, based on the ascension of the Reds, and the tepidity of his own club.
Despite the onslaught of barroom worthy vulgarity that would accompany any Tevez introduction onto the pitch at Ethiad Stadium, which seems imminent, the prospect alone introduces a new angle to the speculation that has shadowed the striker throughout the current campaign.
As ridiculous as the Tevez saga has been to date, it has not proved distracting enough to derail the title prospects of the club, yet the question on the mind of every Mancunian supporter of the Blues is, “How would Tevez' return to the team at this critical juncture, effect the ultimate outcome of a so far sensational season?”
Mancini's public declaration has opened the door, and ultimately the reaction of supporters is not as relevant as Tevez' own teammates willingness to follow the lead of their coach towards his reinstatement. The obvious questions are towards his conditioning and desire to accept a newly configured role on a team that has maintained without him this season.
There is no doubt that in what will be a hotly contested race to the finish in the standings, the addition of a striker with the type goal scoring prowess that Tevez has, would relieve some of the pressure on City's other goal scoring threats. Yet, his ability to simply come back, accept his role, and score goals would be the ideal scenario, which doe s not account for how his insertion this late will disrupt team chemistry, and to what degree.
Regardless of the severity of backlash against Tevez, which was and still is legitimate, in what recently has been a tumultuous period of the season punctuated by goal scarcity, taking a chance on a man who scored 20 goals in 28 appearances last season could prove significant to the season's conclusion.