Angry Shanghai Shenhua fans have urged the club to part ways with the services of Carlos Tevez and under-fire head coach Gus Poyet.
The former Boca Juniors striker joined the Chinese Super League outfit back in December after he was rewarded a world-record £615,000 weekly package to make the switch. Tevez has struggled with niggles in his short-term stay at Shanghai, and this has restricted his goalscoring tally to just one across all competitions.
The 33-year-old first came under scrutiny back in April when he was spotted at Disneyland Shanghai on a key match day where he was deemed injured. He therein received widespread from abroad as well after he was evidently walking on the playing field against a local opposition last month. Tevez has since suggested that he was sort of fallen homesick due to his inability to adapt to the environment, and the fans want him out at the earliest opportunity following his dismal performances which have seen Shenhua drop into the lower half of the league standings.
Tevez managed to provide an assist in the 2-2 draw with Chongqing Lifan, but this has not pleased the faithful after he called his fellow Chinese players as “clumsy” and “very naive”. Tevez has a history of falling out with his respective clubs, and one infuriated fan suggested via Weibo that his time could be up, he said: “Tevez’s attitude is the worst in the team’s history.”
Meanwhile, another fan insisted that the player is not worth the money as he is unwilling to go into challenges with the fear of getting hurt, he wrote on the same medium: “Tevez should leave Shenhua. Compared to other players running on the field, Tevez is scared to close down and is afraid to get hurt… Tevez’s deal is really not worth it”. Tevez was approached by his first English club West Ham back in the summer of 2016, but he opted to snub their advances for a switch to Shenhua which stabilised the finances of Boca Juniors.