What now for Robinho ?

July 27, 2010 by
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Robson de Souza, better known as Robinho, is undoubtedly one of the most talented and skilled footballers around. When he signed for Manchester City 2 years ago on deadline day, a few people were shocked. Every single Manchester City fan was ecstatic at their £32.5 million buy.

Oakwell Barnsley v Manchester City (1-1) 01/08/2009 Robinho (Manchester City) Photo Roger Parker Fotosports International

Nearly every fan has criticised Robinho and has been named a ‘flop’ on more than one occasion. I am going to be the first to jump to his defence. In Robinho’s first Premier League season, he scored 14 goals and got 9 assists. That is an outstanding achievement for a Left sider attacking midfielder.

Moreover, then Robinho got injured. He suffered a hairline fracture playing for Brazil, and was out for several months. When Robinho was back, everyone was expecting miracles in a matter of weeks. With Bellamy excelling so well on the left hand side of midfield, Robinho struggled to break back into the side. However, every single game he then played, he was heavily criticised for not putting work into ‘tracking back’ or defending etc. But the season before he didn’t track back. you can’t compare Robinho and Craig Bellamy just because they play in similar positions. Bellamy is full of energy and pace and can get up and down, whereas Robinho is a tricky player who can cut inside, create and score chances.

Anyone who watched the World Cup will see that Robinho definitely isn’t a flop. He didn’t have a great season, but come on give him half a chance! He has his best to come, he is only 26 years of age. Robinho has many a time stated of his wish to stay in Brazil. The main reason for this is because he gets treated like a God there. Everyone loves him, it’s his place of birth and everyone looks up to him. However, in England, he gets completely torn apart by the press.

Robinho went on loan to Santos in January for 6 months and is expected to be back before Tottenham away, the first Premier League game.

Reports are that Mancini is to ask him to come back early, which means that he is well in his plans, as restrictions are that we have to name 25 man squad for the season. With City easily having the biggest squad in the Premier League, Mancini must definitley see Robinho succeeding in his last 2 years of his contract, and I couldn’t agree more.

City have signed a new left back, Kolarov from Lazio, and we definitely couldn’t play Kolarov and Robinho in the same team! They are both too attacking! But we could play Bellamy on the left, who can track back, then Robinho in the middle and Silva or Johnson on the right? We have too many options!!

What are all your opinions on Robinho? Where we going to finish? 3rd and get beat in the FA cup final is my guess!

By Callum Rothwell.


3 Comments on What now for Robinho ?

  1. nick on Tue, 27th Jul 2010 12:03 pm
  2. I fully agree with you that they have been too hard on Robbi . He had a very good 1st season and things fell to bits the 2nd year – a twist of fate. If Brazil had stayed focussed against the Dutch Brasil could have challanged Spain for the win and Robbi may very well have ended up player of the WC.
    I think he would be great at Barca but would love to see him back MC (in a more or less free role like with Brazil) or an other team in Europe

  3. tom roberts on Tue, 27th Jul 2010 12:29 pm
  4. The man does not enjoy playing for City or playing in this country. Talented he undoubtedly is but if he doesn’t want to put in a full shift then the best thing is to let him move to where he will be happy.
    He caused problems at Real Madrid and has shown complete disrespect to our club with his antics.
    Give me a team of Bellamys and Tevez’s any day.

  5. Dirty Eddie on Tue, 27th Jul 2010 1:07 pm
  6. balls to him the big girls blouse, order him back & let him rot

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