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Saturday August 17 2013
Tevez or Higuain the best buy?

Juventus and Napoli bought two of Europe’s most wanted strikers, but Dave Taylor asks who got the best deal. 

This summer Italy has welcomed several superstars to Serie A with perhaps the two most eye-catching deals involving Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain. Juventus paid Manchester City £8m plus a further £5m in performance-related bonuses for 29-year-old Tevez, while Napoli gave Real Madrid a record £32m for 26-year-old Higuain.

Naturally there is fierce debate over who got the best deal, yet legendary Argentinean hitman Hernan Crespo feels that it’s Italian football itself that has won out. “For me the deals are a sign that things are returning to the glory days, when Serie A was at the top of European football,” insisted the former Parma, Lazio, Inter and Milan striker. “It is a fascinating challenge for them both. Pipita is a hitman, but can also help players like Marek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Maria Callejon score more goals too. Certainly I am not surprised that he preferred Napoli to Arsenal. Meanwhile Tevez has become a more complete and organised player. I saw him recently and he also seemed more mature and has that creative streak that allows him to develop other things.”

Both clubs have sent out massive messages of intent by bringing the pair to the peninsula and it will be intriguing to see who makes the biggest impact.

Certainly Tevez will add much-needed firepower to the Old Lady’s forward line and he should also prove a potent foil for Fernando Llorente. Undoubtedly he has caused problems for his previous clubs, but there is absolutely no doubting his footballing abilities. Juve were looking for a proven, world-class striker for a reasonable price and with 58 goals in 110 league games for City, they certainly got one.

Yet Carlito brings more than just goals and has already impressed Coach Antonio Conte in pre-season. “He’s extraordinary,” said the Juve boss. “He’s a great professional, a splendid person, always willing and working exceptionally well.” Certainly in the past he has shown he is a hard worker and with his goals, energy and intelligence, if Juve can tame the Apache they have got themselves a real chief. All the same they did target Higuain first, but as they say - when the divine is unattainable, a fallen angel will suffice.

Señor Gonzalo is a little more understated both on and off the field, but like Tevez was not always first choice last season. His 16 goals plus five assists in 19 starts and nine sub appearances suggests that given game time he should prove a regular and consistent goal scorer. 

If compared with the departed Edinson Cavani, Higuain measures up very well, scoring 107 goals in 190 appearances in La Liga, one every 112 minutes, plus 45 assists. Cavani meanwhile scored 110 goals in 206 appearances, one every 149 minutes with 27 assists yet played an extra 5,000 minutes. Certainly Coach Rafa Benitez knows what he is getting. “He’s a great player and it was an easy decision for me to sign him. I am very happy to have him,” emphasised the Spaniard.

Yet as goals win games, by looking at both Pipita’s and Carlito’s contributions we can perhaps spread a little more light on who will turn out to be the best buy.

Last season Higuain needed an average 3.5 shots to score 16 goals, while Tevez took almost three times as many shots (9.5) to score 11. However, it must be taken into consideration that he played more games in a deeper second striker/attacking midfield role, which obviously limited his chances of shooting. Another significant stat is that Tevez clocked up 600 more minutes on the pitch than Higuain.

Of course you can use statistics like drunks use lamp-posts, more for support than illumination. However, if these recent figures prove anything, they show that Higuain is perhaps the more clinical striker, yet if his fee is taken into consideration then who knows? Perhaps the question should not be about who made the best deal but how much both players can add to Serie A and for that only time will tell. 

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Have your say...
Lol obviously everyone who thinks Tévez primarily is a goal scorer is blind.

Tévez, clearly, is better than Higuaín now, and not for his dribbling, technique nor finishing. But his extreme work rate, mental attitude, concentrated defensive additional play, passing skills, technical skills, finishing skills, combined being the best forward type Juventus could ever wish for.

But since Higuaín is younger, and Tévez was cheaper, I'd say a little bit to the Tévez side, almost equal.
on the 5th September, 2013 at 11:22am
best buy is mario gomez hands down.
16mil for a guy who has scored 75 times in 115 club games and 25 more for his country.
stats speak for themselves.
on the 22nd August, 2013 at 8:35am
Well said, Italy...stupidly said, BOSS.


I think Higuain is going to be so good that he'll almost cover up the mistakes Benitez has made and will made. He's going to end up playing Maggio as a winger (what a waste), he's going to have no true playmaker on the field, he's made the wrong choice of GK, and he is on the verge of marginalizing the Captain...Cannavaro has been the best CB in Italy over the last 5 years. He doesn't get the respect he deserves...now it's bordering on disrespect.
on the 21st August, 2013 at 6:12pm
As a Juve fan I think they've got the better striker (allbeit & as pointed out in article, that they first had their eyes on Higuain!) Tevez's play in England improved greatly from his early, controversial arrival and time at West Ham. The compettion for Argentina is big to start the World Cup in Brazil's back yard - with both close favourites to win. Tevez therefore needs a good season in Turin to cement a starting place with either Higuain, Messi, Lavezzi, Aguero or maybe Di Santo.
on the 20th August, 2013 at 5:37pm
@Boss..Yes you are right about real and barca would still be at the top in the serie a and you cant always be too sure as they would drop a lot more points than they do now in the Liga. And you must also keep in mind they are where they are cause there are perks of being top 2 always, like constant cash flow from UCL.As for your comment of joining leagues I would bet you wouldnt find another spanish team in the top 10 besides those 2.But everyone is entitled to their opinion.
on the 20th August, 2013 at 3:04pm
I think you just have to start to use your head instead and realise that you don't know what you are talking about.
Barcelona and Madrid should probably End up in top anyway But they would lose more points in serie a then clown leauge la liga.
on the 19th August, 2013 at 8:20am
Boss@

And in spain they don't know what defence are. There is a reason Barcelona Can best levante with 7-0.
But ofcourse the team below Madrid and barcelona have ofcourse strenghthen even thou they lost players like illarmendi, isco, soldado,navas, lorente,falcao and all the other players that left la liga now when the teams under the two Big hets leda and leda Money.
Prove you wrong? Thats quite easy as its really probably they should put la liga and serie a togheter and form One league.
on the 19th August, 2013 at 8:17am
BOSS- Why don't you just continue watching La Liga and leave the Serie A discussion for the fans! Watching Serie A last season, I have to say that I have never seen so much counter attacking football in the Italian league. Spain has a two club league and still to this day lacks the footballing pedigree of Italy. Just like the English fans the Spanish fans are becoming worried at how strong Serie A is becoming once again! If you were not worried, then why else would you be posting on this site?
on the 19th August, 2013 at 7:54am
@ BOSS

Wouldn't you stop embarrassing yourself throughout the blogs. Your "opinions" prove over and over your lack of football knowledge.

Do everybody here a favor and be quite. What a troll, who now supports either Barca or Madrid.
on the 19th August, 2013 at 6:44am
@italy, do u think ur a football oracle. The mere fact you even made that stupid comment shows your tapping away at your keyboard without thinking straight. You need to understand a style of football. The Spanish league is fast paced, strong and technical. Serie a is slow, teams play for about20 minutes and expect soft girls tackles and hours on the ball. I stand by what I said,. Prove me wrong.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 10:55pm
Boss@

Do you seriously think there is a team in spain besides Barcelona and real Madrid that would pick up more points over 38 games than Juventus,Napoli and Fiorentina?
If thats is a serious opinion of yours it sjöss how Little football you really knows.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 9:25pm
Juveman, i appreciate u said it was your opinion. But I can't help but comment. LA Liga on the face is a joke whein LA Liga Madrid and barca are miles ahead of the pack. But if u put them both in serie a they would be miles ahead there also. I guarantee you if you had a combined Spanish and Italian league but removed barca and Madrid, a Spanish team would still win the league. Did we not just see one of the so called Milanese "giants" fall to Valencia?
on the 18th August, 2013 at 5:42pm
The funny thing is (again assuming he hits instant form ) best value for money, need and goals all considered I truly think gomez would be the best.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 3:18pm
Tevez on the other hand can be just the finisher higuain is , can create and has a lot less pressure because he isn't replacing any one he's simply a great addition.if the question where to simply come down to who scores more goals then I would say higuain is more likely to score more cause of the style napoli will play along with their respective positions. And even then if both find instant form I think it'll be close. Also we must keep mind that napoli really over paid for him.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 3:15pm
We'll let's put it this way higuain is a born finisher and young so those are very good qualities but he came from (imo) a mickey mouse league where there are only two good teams and he was with one of them, and he is replacing one of the top five strikers in the world ..those are big shoes to fill, cavani scored like 20 something goals and napoli still ended 9 points behind us so we'll see how well he adapts to a new league, coach and team.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 3:08pm
I find statistics irrelevant especially when one comes from a 2 horse league, where scoring is so easy, even Stevie Wonder can poach a goal while the other comes from a place known as the Easy Premier League.

From a financial point of view, Napoli paid way too much while Juve got a bargain. On the other hand, Higuian is yonger & stable while Tevez is old & unpredictable.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 11:02am
And 2ndly forlan won the topscorer when in pl.. He came to italian league and never got used to the hard game! Imagine a winger like ronaldo scores a goal every game in serie A.. Or messi.. La liga is far too easy! Higuain is an easy player very soft,he misses more than he scores.. So juve had the best buy! World class player
on the 18th August, 2013 at 10:42am
All of u are anti-juve! Tevez is an all round player! He scores from any position.. Freekicks,headers,left,ryt dribbles.. Never gets tired.. Defends all the time! He fits into juve cuz he keeps running all the time! Wherever he went,he always scored.. He got whu out of relegation,he won cl with juve,he won fa cup n league with mancity! What did higauin do.. Apart from ronaldo scoring goals for madrid wud he ever dream of la liga! And la liga is the worst league!
on the 18th August, 2013 at 10:39am
Gomez, that's the better deal of the three
on the 18th August, 2013 at 5:24am
Napoli got the better deal because Gonzalo will score more. Maybe 10 goals more. But he is not the reason why Napoli will win the scudetto the reason is because of their Napoli born beast Lorenzo Insigne! He's going to make that juve defence look like there's 4 stewart downings playing in the back.... poor gigi.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 12:56am
At his best, Tevez is the better player. He's more all-around, tho for some reason people have this ridiculous idea that Higuain is nothing but a poacher.

But I think Higuain will be a better solution. I also think Higuain brings them what they need, more so than Tevez does for Juventus. And, further, I think he'll be better. We'll see who will have the better season (this season or next) but overall I think Higuain is the better choice, even with the price.
on the 18th August, 2013 at 12:37am
Juve bought Tevez for Champions league to beat Bayren. Without a doubt had they meet any other team, they would have meet Bayren in London for the final. Just look at how easily BM crushed Barca, even with Messi, it would have been easy for BM.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 11:00pm
Juventus don't need to spend £30-£40 million on a striker who the side would have to be built around. What's more important is that we bring players into the club who can fit into Conte's system. Tevez is a top class player and will seamlessly fit in to the side and I believe will score or assist at least 20 goals. If Llorente, Vucinic and Giovinco score 30+ between them, the midfield and wing-backs a similar number, then it will take something remarkable to deny us the Scudetto.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 9:55pm
The best buy is an irrelevant question. I have no doubt Higuain will score more than Tevez, but I also have no doubt that Tevez will be the one who will win his first Scudetto. Juventus don't rely on one or two players to score the majority of their goals, they score from every area of the field, something you cannot say about Napoli. Over the last two seasons Cavani, Ibra and Di Natale were superior goalscorers to any Juventus striker, but our guys all contributed to back-to-back Scudetto's.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 9:36pm
By far the best deal for a striker made in serie A was by fiorentina getting gomez for such an amount.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 9:07pm
These signings would have been normal in the late 90's till mid-2000's...I find the Italian league has dropped the paces and fallen behind the english, german & spanish leagues and no longer appeals to players to once it did i.e Gazza, Ince to Ronaldo whilst investing in talent such as Recoba.It is no longer the titan it once was but luckily with Juventus's new stadia, tv deals it has bought in revenue whilst Napoli's investments and project has taken them from Serie C to the Champion league.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 8:24pm
definitely HIGUAIN . he is younger , faster , and اشس more motivation . that's all .
on the 17th August, 2013 at 6:43pm
Juve fan but I think Napoli got the better deal. Juve needed a finisher instead we got Tevez, unless Llorente gets fit and back in form quickly we have the same problem as we have done for ages ; no striker
on the 17th August, 2013 at 6:38pm
Who got the best player last year?
Who got the best player 2 years ago?
It's not always about how much you spend but how you get the best out of what you have.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 6:08pm
Napoli paid too much for Higuain to show other teams and players they are now with the big boys. Higuain is a cracking player but they paid over the odds. Juve are setting up a system to get good players that can work in Conte's system, and the philosophy is to get hold of young players and think of the future mostly, by loaning them out. Juve are not prepared to throw big money around after the disasters of Melo, Diego and Krasic. Napoli looking for instance success.
on the 17th August, 2013 at 6:01pm

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