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Tevez 'so much more than supersub'

Carlos Tevez Smiling

Carlos Tevez Smiling

Carlos Tevez has been assured that he is not destined to be an "impact player" for the Blues despite transforming the game when he came off the bench at Liverpool.

The dynamic Argentina striker was at the root of the goal that should have secured a 2-1 victory at Anfield before a lapse in concentration allowed the home side a quick equaliser.

But the Tevez effect will not tempt manager Mark Hughes to use his high-profile summer signing as a regular "supersub", and first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has laughed off the notion.

He said: "To label him in that way is completely wrong - it was the media making the most of a situation where we had a specific game plan and Carlos made such an impression when he came on.

"Because of the players we have and the size of the squad, there will be times when the boss has to leave out certain individuals or play a different system, that's the flexibility we want.

"Carlos had just been away with Argentina, where there was a lot of emotion surrounding the national team. But he showed real desire when he came on and he changed what had gone on.

 

He gave the team a trigger, and it was Carlos closing down the full-back that led to the second goal. He chased a lost cause and won the ball back in the corner

 Eddie Niedzwiecki

 

"Having won the ball he held on to it, and then passed at the right time for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stevie Ireland to play their parts in scoring a magnificent goal.

"Carlos is playing with a smile on his face and he loves to express himself on the pitch. I'm sure we'll soon see him knocking the goals in like the talent we know he is."

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