Manchester City do not view Carlos Tevez as merely a 'super-sub', according to first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki.
Tevez started last weekend's 2-2 draw with Liverpool on the bench, but Niedzwiecki has dismissed media suggestions that the Argentina striker will be used as an impact player more in the future.
The 25-year-old striker opted to join City in the summer after becoming disillusioned with a lack of starting opportunities at Manchester United.
"To label him in that way is completely wrong," Niedzwiecki told the club's official website."It was the media making the most of a situation where we had a specific game plan and Carlos made such an impression when he came on.
"Because of the players we have and the size of the squad, there will be times when the boss has to leave out certain individuals or play a different system, that's the flexibility we want.
"Carlos had just been away with Argentina, where there was a lot of emotion surrounding the national team. But he showed real desire when he came on and he changed what had gone on.
"Carlos is playing with a smile on his face and he loves to express himself on the pitch.
"I'm sure we'll soon see him knocking the goals in like the talent we know he is."