The South American View
The Guardian have interviewed four South American journalist's about how they rate West Ham's new Argentinian signings and how well they think they will adapt to English football and life.
Bruno Freitas UOL (Brazil)
"Tévez is a match winner, but he's also a troublemaker. At Corinthians he was influential in many victories but had problems with other players, coaches and the fans. He's quick, creates a lot of chances and can score with both feet but West Ham must know that he'll probably make a lot of noise off the pitch. Mascherano is a more quiet player but seems to be smarter than Tévez and is definitely more friendly."
Julio Gomes TV Band (Brazil)
"Mascherano has more fame than proven ability. He's a really good destroyer but not a good passer. Tévez is one of the best young Argentinian players to come through but he's got a bad temper. He's not the type of player who will learn English and he's not even studying the language because his idea is to go to Spain."
Fernando Spannaus ESPN (Argentina)
"Like many South American stars, Tévez is very volatile and I doubt he'll settle in England. Mascherano is a mature player, even though he is only 22, and performs the defensive midfield position better than many experienced players."
Matías Albina Fox Sports Latin America (Argentina)
"Mascherano is a very fit player, he always brings the ball out of defence safely and keeps running for 90 minutes. Tévez has great natural talent, always looking for possession and it doesn't bother him if he makes mistakes. The only factor preventing this from being a successful move will be their ability to settle into English society, adapt to the weather and learn the new language."