Don't Give a Carlos About Tevez

David JamesCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 07:   Lisandro of FC Porto holds off the challenge of Carlos Tevez of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Manchester United and FC Porto at Old Trafford on April 7, 2009 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

I was reading the gossip columns the other day and I read an interesting story about Liverpool bringing Carlos Tevez to Anfield, my immediate thought after reading this was why?

Don't get me wrong Tevez is a good player, but I see him in a similar mould to Dirk Kuyt, who is currently excelling on the right of midfield. Both players work hard and know where the goal is, but neither player is the first choice up front. Tevez is even third maybe fourth choice behind Rooney, Berbatov and Ronaldo.

The other glaring problem with Tevez is MSI's 20-30 million pound value of the Argentine striker. Tevez on current form is worth 10 maybe 15 million, definitely no more.

Tevez for me is not a flair player, the only way to play him is right up front either on his own or with a partner that can link up the play and provide him with the chances he needs to score.

If Tevez joined Liverpool he would be on the bench, the reason is becasue of Fernando Torres.

Torres has made the lone striker role his own this season, and by doing this has become arguably the best striker in the world today. Although he starts up front, he can often switch positions with Gerrard and also turn provider to anyone playing behind him.

If Tevez needs a reason to see why he's wrong for Liverpool, look no further than one of his opposing players yesterday evening, a certain Ireland captain that is back playing his trade in north London again.

Robbie Keane found to his cost that if you can't play with Torres or do Fernando's job when he's injured, then you're going to have a hard time at Anfield.

To all Robbie Keane's credit I think he has much more to his game and is a much better player than Tevez, he just didn't fit into Liverpool's system, and suffered from fighting it out two world class players in Gerrard and Torres for a start in the team.

Liverpool need a striker, there is a definite case for that. David N'gog is one for the future and Kuyt is much better on the wing than in a central attacking position. While also Ryan Babel is better suited starting on the left.

With Benitez's old club Valencia in such dire financial trouble, it's hard to look past bids for either David Villa or David Silva. Torres and Villa have worked well in the past for the national team and Silva could definitely do a decent job in Gerrard's role behind "El Nino," or even become a more goal scoring alternative to Albert Riera on the left.

Both players would probably cost Twenty million a piece, but with Benitez rumoured to have been promised a thirty million transfer kitty for signing his new deal, signing one of the pair is a distinct possibility.

Especially with Liverpool's rumoured interest in Silva being confirmed in a press conference early last week.

However stumbling blocks in a deal for the pair would be that neither player wants to leave the Mestalla although i'm sure there heads would be turned for pastures new, when the Valencia board fail to pay their wages again.

Both players on a Barcelona and Real Madrid's wish lists for next season. With both clubs having the capability to easily out bid Liverpool for either player.

Barcelona will definitely make a move for Samuel Eto'o if the Cameroonian striker decides to leave the Nou Camp this summer. Eto'o has also ironically been linked with a move to Anfield.

With Real Madrid's political elections rumbling on again, the Presidential Candidates are lining up there transfer promises, and the favourite for the position Florentino Perez has talked up a complete team overall at the Bernabau. 

Rumoured to be safe are Pepe, Raul, Casillas, Higuain, Sergio Ramos and Lassana Diarra. With the entire Dutch contingent at Real Madrid up for sell and being used as make weights in future deals.

I mention this because Villa, Silva and Tevez are all on the rumoured pledge list. Other more concrete targets are Kaka (AC Milan), Crisitiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Bruno Alves (FC Porto) and Xabi Alonso (Liverpool).

Any Alonso deal i is rumoured to be unlikely, but could include Wesley Sneijder going the other way.

I'm a transfer junkie and the rumour mill is starting to whir, as we get closer and closer to the summer and new hopes and dreams for all the supporters of all the clubs in the world.



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