The Carlos Tevez 'era' at Manchester City has finished, with the striker completing his deal to Juventus over the past 24 hours.
With the Argentine having left the club, the question of the value of signing him has been raised - with The Guardian writing 'Carlos Tevez was more trouble than he was worth to Manchester City.'
The argument goes that Tevez was an off field distraction at times, on high wages whose time at the club had run out. And perhaps by the end it probably was best for all parties to make an amicable parting of the ways and head off in new directions.
But in our opinion signing the Argentine was worth it for Manchester City.
Despite his 'strike' during the 2011/12 season, he did make an invaluable contribution which could just have been the difference maker in helping them win their first league title in 45 years.
Clearly his fallout with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, the way he departed back to Argentina to go and play golf and go on chatshows, was an unwanted distraction during that campaign for the club.
But when it mattered, Tevez answered the club's SOS and came back to answer their call for a final push to claim the Premier League title.
Upon his return he made an instant impact, coming off the bench at the Etihad to provide an assist in City's crucial 2-1 win over Chelsea, three points which proved crucial.
With City winning the title on goal difference, every point counted, and every player made a contribution to doing so, including Tevez.
He provided City with a late burst of energy in the run-in, sparked by a hat-trick against Norwich in a 6-1 away win.
His involvement made City's title triumph all the more sweeter, an extra reason to gloat over their rivals Manchester United, who had been desperate for the forward to re-sign with the club, chanting 'Fergie sign him up' in his final home game at Old Trafford.
It prompted City to create their infamous 'Welcome to Manchester' poster, an image which should still bring a smile to City fans faces.
And then there were moments like his public argument with United icon Gary Neville, calling him a 'boot-licker' and his tasteless 'RIP Fergie' banner at City's title victory parade.
So he was controversial, but there will likely be so few City fans who did not enjoy seeing their rivals froth at the mouth on each occasion, and take great satisfaction in taking the friendly 'banter' to a new level. His signing signified City's potential to take the upper hand on their rivals for the very first time in the Premier League era, which he eventually achieved.
Then there was the 2009/10 season to consider. Tevez' leaving was probably every bit as crucial as Ronaldo's departure in seeing United miss out on the Premier League title that year.
Chelsea narrowly pipped the Red Devils to the title, and there can be surely little doubt that Tevez' 23 Premier League goals that season could have been the tipping point United needed, had City not snapped him out of their grasp, and so the blue side of Manchester was spared the red side winning the trophy for a record fourth year in succession.
So it seems to us that surely Tevez, all things considered, was worth it for City. It may be the right time to move on, but he should be appreciated for all the positives he brought to the club, even in their title winning season.
How do you feel about City's Tevez years? Do you value his contribution?
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