Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that Carlos Tevez will need to be patient as he looks to work his way back into the starting line-up at Eastlands.
The Argetinian striker was not expected to be at the club this season, but after failing to force a move elsewhere, he is rebuilding the bridges he burnt when requesting to leave.
This wasn’t helped by a missed penalty against Wigan last weekend though, or the fact that he was back on the bench for the Champions League draw against Napoli on Wednesday.
Speaking about Tevez’s immediate future, Mancini said: “In this moment there are players that are better than him but Carlos is here training.”
“Carlos will have a chance to play. I don’t know if he is happy but every player that can’t play is not happy. This is normal. He will have his moment.”
You can certainly see why Tevez is finding it difficult to force his way in.
With it presumed that he would be elsewhere by now, Mancini signed Sergio Aguero in the summer and he has been in electric form alongside Edin Dzeko so far this season.
Tevez should understand the situation too. He made it clear he wanted to leave, so he needs to work hard to get back into the good books of the Manchester City fans and coaching staff.
It is more than likely that his class will shine through in the end and City will benefit from yet another world-class striker in their ranks.
Perhaps he only needs a goal or two for normality to be resumed. First of all though, he needs to get back into the side.
Elsewhere, Mancini admitted how impressed he has been with title rivals Manchester United this season. The City boss said that he would like his players to adopt the same mentality of Sir Alex Ferguson’s in front of goal.