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Carlos Tevez starting to find his feet back in Argentina

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Since returning to Boca Juniors for a third stint, Carlos Tevez has been welcomed with open arms from his familiarized support. After a lacklustre season in China, "El Apache" is set to give Boca fans the missing piece for which they've been searching since he left.

Tevez's shock move to Shanghai Shenhua last season was a pure flop. Playing sixteen times, he only managed four goals. Not many footballers know much about the Chinese Super League going in. Knowing he was on £630,000 a week, though, probably caused the Argentine to slack just a little. Some highlight footage depicted him barely moving around the pitch. Over the course of 40 seconds, he goes for a short jog of perhaps ten metres. That much money for so little work. Where can I sign up?

It wasn't the best choice in his career. Tevez's only option after season's end was a return to Argentina. Boca wanted him back and ready to play for the coming campaign. At 34-years-old the best place for the mercurial star is to be back on home turf. Boca Juniors isn't just a club in his native country. It's the place he began his professional career in 2001. At just 16, he lit up La Bombonera. Fans of the Azul y Oro knew they had something special.

This January began his third spell with the 32-time Argentine Primera Division champions. In four league appearances, Tevez has scored twice. His first came in a 1-1 draw with San Lorenzo. The second arrived against Banfield just three minutes into the game. It was the fixture's only goal. If he can maintain his enthusiasm, Tevez certainly could lift the Xeneizes to greater glory than the league title they won in his absence. Manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto has to be ecstatic to have the club legend back where he belongs

Boca's other top quality striker, Dario Benedetto, is currently injured. Benedetto has nine goals in as many games. Last season he managed 21, making him el Primera's top scorer for the 2016-17 double-season. Barros Schelotto's squad also includes Fernando Gago and Santiago Vergini. Gago was a stalwart at Real Madrid and Valencia. Vergini played at Sunderland a few seasons ago but was loaned out to Getafe before returning to South America.

Seeing Tevez return to his former self offers Boca fans the promise of a wonderful season. In this season of runaway champions, the club is currently top by nine points while shipping just six goals. Their next fixture is against 15th-place San Martin SJ. The minnows haven't won in their last four. That sound you hear is Tevez licking his chops.

It's difficult to blame a star for getting up and packing his bags when a far-off club drops a very large bag of money in his lap, but China was a bad idea for Carlos Tevez. He can make up for it by getting back to what he does best. Scoring goals in Argentina.

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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