Tevez makes a good first impression for West Ham
Carlos Tevez only played the last half hour for West Ham in today's match against Aston Villa. He did not score or assist but his impact was promising, positive and signals that he looks well worthy of the hype surrounding his move to Upton Park.
When he receives the ball his instant reaction is to get his head up and drive towards his opponent in the direction of the goal. And their were two particular moments for me that showed his excellent potential. The first was when he dribbled past one Villa defender on the left wing before getting to the byline and sidefooting an excellent left footed pass/cross across the penalty box which unfortunately no West Ham player was in the right area to slot home. Later on, and this time on the right wing, he easily went past a Villa player before putting in a cross that was well cleared by a Villa defender. Both these moments showed Tevez to have good balance, pace, skill, an ability to dribble past a player, and a clever attacking mind.
Overall he was busy and lively on the pitch. He is always looking to makes good runs into open space when without the ball and when with the ball he is positive and looks to link-up with his teammates. Plus, when West Ham scored their equaliser the camera shot of the West Ham bench showed him punch the air like he is a Hammer through and through: if I was a Hammer I would have enjoyed seeing this.
Carlos Tevez is only 22 years old and yet is already a three time South American player of the year. It was sensational news when West Ham announced that he was signing for them on a permanent deal, and the indications from just his first thirty minutes of football is that he has what it takes to convert his excellent form in South America to the Premiership. It looks to me that watching Tevez is not only going to be exciting for West Ham supporters- but it will be exciting for Premiership fans in general.