Carlos Tevez at 50 for Manchester City: the making of a marksman

06 December 2010 01:15
Carlos Tevez marked his 50th Premier League appearance for Manchester City on Saturday with a goal against Bolton - and a fiery touch-line argument with Roberto Mancini. Sportsmail takes a look at City's talismanic skipper and the qualities that have made him a star.

On target: Carlos Tevez scores his 39th goal for City against Bolton on Saturday

Goalscoring A strike rate of 33 goals in 50 Premier League games for City - make that 39 in 60 in all competitions - speaks for itself. Throw in Tevez's record at West Ham and Manchester United, and it's easy to see why he has established himself as one of the most feared marksmen in English football.

LeadershipActions speak louder than words: Tevez leads his side with his goals and workrate

The City captain leads by actions rather than words - his English is limited - with his tireless work-rate and tigerish determination. 'He may not be giving big team talks or speeches before the game, but that's what the manager does,' says goalkeeper Joe Hart. 'Carlos doesn't need to do that because he leads in all the right ways. You wouldn't look to him to give you a pep talk, but he'll win you a game.'

Discipline Judging by Saturday's touchline fall-out with manager Roberto Mancini (below), the hot-blooded South American still has a lot to learn. A silly booking for dissent, his fifth of the season, has also earned him a one-match ban. 'He must pay attention to this situation,' admitted Mancini.

Commitment While Tevez's effort on the field cannot be questioned, there are concerns over the fact that he is homesick. The striker's two young daughters live with his wife in Argentina, and an extended break in South America last month was not the first - and is unlikely to be the last - time that he will be given special dispensation to spend time at home.

Fiery: Tevez must beware ill-discipline, says City boss Roberto Mancini

Star Quality The subject of that famous 'Welcome to Manchester' billboard, Tevez has become a City icon and shown there is life after Old Trafford. The chants of 'Fergie, Fergie sign him up' are a constant reminder of United's decision not to, and Bolton manager Owen Coyle admits he's a huge fan. 'In Tevez I believe they have a truly world-class player,' said Coyle after Saturday's game. 'He's just different class.'

Work rate Without doubt one of the hardest working players in the Premier League, Tevez never gives defenders a moment's peace. The Argentine is prepared to drop deep and chase every ball, even when it appears to be a lost cause.

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