Old memories die hard. After all the joyous celebrations following West Ham's escaping relegation comes the reality checks. Carlos Tevez is seeking his way out from West Ham after falling out with Alan Curbishley.
Tevez remembers Curbishley's initial indifference to him. According to sources he thinks Curbishley is a bad manager and will only play in West Ham under someone else.
Chelsea, Man Utd, and Liverpool are now in the Tevez sweepstakes. Why would Liverpool be the best club for Tevez? Simple. Instant impact. Liverpool's attack is sorely in need of resuscitation. Kuyt's limitations were revealed in the Champions League, Crouch does not fit into Rafa's plans, Bellamy has impulse control problems, Jermaine Pennant speeds down the flanks but his decision making is shoddy. Apart from Kuyt, the future of the other three in Liverpool are uncertain. A setting ripe for Tevez to take the attack by the scruff of the neck and become the holy terror around the goal that Liverpool so sorely need.
Rafa has a high regard for South American talent that seems to have largely escaped Sir Alex (apart from Veron) and Jose Mourinho (Alex and Alcides are still out on loan). Tevez has also probably taken note of the South American youth brigade that is descending on Anfield this season. Sebastian Leto from Lanus and Lucas Leiva from Gremio, two very highly rated prospects will join Emiliano Insua, already in as a 2006 transfer from Boca Juniors. Javier Mascherano, under Rafa is coming into his own and cementing his place on the first squad. He was easily the best player on the Liverpool team in the CL finals. One of Tevez's considerations is his development as a player. Benitez as manager of Valencia and Liverpool, has been exceptional in honing young talent like Pablo Aimar, Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso, Mohammed Sissoko, Curro Torres, and Mista.
Tevez will bring to Anfield, not only his undoubted creativity and talent but also the essential Liverpudlian qualities of grit and tenacity, abundantly on display at West Ham. With Rafa demanding the keys to the bank, Tevez might also be an exceptionally wealthy man this summer.