It’s almost pointless to reopen the debate as to the value Dimitar Berbatov has given Manchester United since his £31 transfer from Tottenham Hotspur because everything points to his career at Old Trafford coming to an end in the summer. Looking at some statistics from this season however may give some of his critics a different perspective when compared to his former team mate Carlos Tevez at Manchester City – who is virtually being begged to remain at Eastlands. For whatever reason, some fans either take a liking to a player or they don’t irrespective of facts and figures. So analyse these from the current season then make up your mind.
Transfer fees - Berbatov from Spurs £31, City to Tevez’s agent in lieu of a transfer fee £32 plus far higher playing terms.
Premier League Appearances 2010/11 – Berbatov 23 starts+8 subs, Tevez 27 +1 sub
Goals (with one game remaining) – Berbatov 20 with no penalties, Tevez 20 including 5 penalties
Hat Tricks – Berbatov 3, Tevez 1 which included two penalties
And here’s the most telling fact of all. Berbatov is often accused by United’s own fans that he does not get BIG goals, in BIG games against BIG opponents which is a fair point but Tevez is no better. In matches against the Top 6 as they currently stand, Berbatov got 3 against Liverpool while Tevez scored one against Chelsea and two – including a penalty, against Liverpool – precisely the same number.
Finally, Berbatov has accepted his situation at Old Trafford as a true professional, even prematurely giving up his international career with Bulgaria in order to give his complete attention to United. Tevez meanwhile seems to be always challenging Roberto Mancini’s methods and continues with his never ending ’I want to stay’ and ‘I want to go’ mixed messages.
So why is Carlitos so appreciated by most City fans – and football pundits, while some United ones want to see the back of Berba? Is it because sheer energy is considered to be superior to the football brains which Berbatov offers United? One can only wonder!
Has Berbatov been a good signing by Ferguson?