Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The horrible treatment of Carlos Tevez
Many factors have contributed to Hammers' poor placement in the league table this season: a lack of contribution (prior to Sunday's win over Man Utd.) from key players such as Paul Konchesky and Nigel Reo-Coker; Alan Pardew's alleged personal missteps regarding his marriage; and the protracted takeover saga that saw Eggert Magnusson and his Icelandic backers wrest control of the club away from the much-maligned Terry Brown.
But in my view, the complete misuse of Argentine striker Carlitos Tevez ranks above any of the aforementioned factors. Simply put, Tevez is the best Hammers player since Paolo Di Canio. He is the only one in the current squad who can make you leave your seat (or stand up from the sofa) when the ball is at his feet. Football is as much about the magic as the results, and Carlitos is the real deal. I hope his greatness eventually shines through and he becomes a proper Hammers legend.