There's absolutely no doubting the talent Manchester City's want-away Argentine Carlos Tevez possesses—a player that can play seamlessly across the entire front-line. Few players with his versatility exist in modern day football.
Unfortunately for Manchester City—and any other club looking to employ his services—loyalty isn't something that comes naturally to him. Having already jumped ship from Manchester United for cross-city rivals Manchester City just over two years ago, his recent antics suggest he's ready to once again depart for new pastures.
Though Manchester City fans may feel hard-done by Tevez's apparent disinterest and disloyalty to the club, his imminent departure presents reasons to be optimistic—five of them, actually.
Check the slideshow to find out why keeping Carlos Tevez would be a mistake for the club.
The title explains it all really.
Carlos Tevez's weekly wages amount to a whopping £150,000. It's an unreasonably staggering amount for a player that doesn't even feature in Roberto Mancini's plans anymore.
Though some may argue that these sorts of financial details mean little to Manchester City's day-to-day running—considering their vast wealth—the fact remains that the money could be utilized elsewhere. A penny saved on one player can easily be spent on another.
Or, in Tevez's case, even two or three players.
Players like Carlos Tevez, who seem more interested in representing the name on the back than on the front, unfortunately damage any efforts toward team unity. Their first priority always was and will remain themselves.
To ensure a good team ethic and unity, erratic and selfish players need to be filtered out. Though there are reports of the club having a few of them, progress—even if it's one step at a time—should not be undermined or dismissed.
And remember the saying: "No player is bigger than the club."
When fit—and of course when interested—Carlos Tevez is an automatic starter for any team in the world.
In Manchester City's case, that means other players—many of whom cost a hefty load in transfers—will have their opportunities cut short, as Roberto Mancini is likely to always opt for the Argentine striker.
Manchester City already have a selection headache—or luxury—when it comes to strikers. Players of undeniable caliber like Eden Dzeko, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero already compete with one another for a starting place in the lineup.
Adding Tevez to the mix will not only limit opportunities for the aforementioned players, but also likely cause discontent among those players.
Positive media attention can serve as motivation towards better performances from clubs at times. Players thrive knowing their efforts are being noticed and admired, and relish the attention received.
However, in Manchester City and Carlos Tevez's case, the attention has been all negative. Understandably, this can have an adverse affect on the players, manager and fans' morale, as they dawn to the realization that their club is currently being pinned in a villainous manner.
The last thing fans of The Citizens need right now is for the team to go through a grey patch, as the team's big names finally look to be "gelling."
Manchester United 1 - 6 Manchester City (without Carlos Tevez)
The above scoreline, compounded by the fact that Manchester City currently find themselves first in the English Premier League, highlights just how how little the team really needs Carlos Tevez right now.
The team's playing exciting, fast-paced football and are getting results, all this without their talisman of last year.
It's worth remembering the old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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