Is Diego Tardelli the right man for Manchester City?

October 19, 2009 at 19:27 4 comments

Joint top scorer with 15 goals in the Campeonato Brasileiro (national league, which has 8 rounds remaining), 16 goals in the Campeonato Mineiro (local State championship), 4 goals in the Copa do Brasil (Brazilian cup) not a bad tally for Atlético Mineiro’s Diego Tardelli. Add to this his recent call up to Brazil and it’s not much of a surprise that the player is being linked with a possible move to Manchester City (though who isn’t these days?)

Even though he’s only recently turned 24, Tardelli already has six teams on his CV (São Paulo, Real Betis, São Caetano, PSV, Flamengo, and Atlético Mineiro). The forward showed early promise at São Paulo. There he played alongside Luís Fabiano and was expected to become the Morumbi’s principal striker when Fabiano left the club.

Comparisons can be made between the two. Both picked up a reputation for petulance – especially whilst playing for São Paulo – and both got more than their fair share of yellow and red cards. Tardelli’s spells in Europe have not been that impressive. But neither was Fabiano’s stint at Rennes were he appeared 11 times and failed to score. When he returned to Brazil, Fabiano started banging in the goals (62 in 84 games to be exact). After three seasons, he made the move to Porto and has not looked back since. Tardelli has put away 35 goals so far this year. Admittedly, the majority of those have come in some iffy competitions such as the Campeonato Mineiro and Copa do Brasil. But 15 in the Brasileiro is not a bad haul for a 24-year-old.

Is he the right man for City? Well, actions speak louder than words. So, you can decide for yourself by watching the video clip below. We interviewed Tardelli just before he got his call up to Brazil in August this year. One thing is certain: he’s not short of confidence, which is exactly what you want in a striker I suppose.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CiTyBlUe  |  October 20, 2009 at 04:21

    No Thankyou, we lost the chance of getting an all round Brazilian in Diego and Robinho is yet to show us and add defencive ability to his game. Will Robi be really off to Barcelona or is it just Barca trying to tap up.?

    • 2. pitacodogringo  |  October 20, 2009 at 12:15

      Robinho has never had a defensive side to him. at least, that was the case at Santos. of course in the EPL, a lot more is expected from players. so, he’ll need to improve this aspect of his game. Robinho went ‘on strike’ at Santos to force a move to Real. hope things don’t come to that at City. What I would like to see is the player buckling down and making things work in Manchester. But with robinho’s track record I’m not certain this will happen

  • 3. Daniel  |  October 20, 2009 at 16:37

    Manchester is’nt the right move, it rains all the time and who wants to play alongside craig bellamy!

  • 4. Richard M  |  October 31, 2009 at 06:11

    Daniel meant to say “Who wants to be shown up by Craig Bellamy!”

    Elano said openly he struggled with the cold, Robi has some sublime moments then we don’t see him again.

    I really do feel if a Brazilian is to work in the EPL they need Kaka’s work ethic, has this Diego got that or will he be another Jo (who may still come good) but not at City I feel … Oh how I wish the real Ronaldo was here ‘El fenomeno’ I had my shirt planned and everything 8D

    Anyway if there in blue then they have my backing, yes Craig included.


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