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Robinho Was A Success At Manchester City

Robinho Manchester City 2009/10 Manchester City V Wolverhampton Wanderers 22/08/09 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International

The sale of Robinho has marked the end of an era for Manchester City. The Brazilian arrived with high expectations of taking City to the next level and in a strange way he has sort lived up to the expectations.

City fans will look back fondly to the day of Robinho’s arrival. He signing was the marquee singing on that eventful day and somebody that would make the world take notice of City’s new millions.

While his on the field impact was limited scoring just 16 times during his time at Eastlands ( a cost of over £2 million a goal) the Brazilian served his purpose and was able to help City gradually bring in the better standard of players they desired.

It was at this point that Robinho began to fall out of favour with City’s management. He was no longer required to have an impact on the field mainly because his attitude didn’t fit in with either Mark Hughes or Roberto Mancini’s method.

City no longer needed Robinho and the loan move to Santos only held up the forwards investable departure from Manchester, but as I suggested before I don’t think City will look back on Robinho’s signing as a failure.

He may have come with a huge price and an astronomical wages but he has helped to put City on the map. Without the signing of Robinho on that day back in 2008 you feel that City might have found it hard to attract the likes of Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor the following summer. From then on though Robinho had served his purpose and the fact that City managed to sell him for a reported £22milion is only a mere bonus.

But he has now set a worrying trend for the likes of Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz who look set to move on sooner rather than later. With City’s millions they will always be looking to better the squad. The worry for those players will be that if a top player becomes available, will Mancini or whoever is in charge at the time will opt to move players out once again.

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  1. ThanksThaksin

    September 2, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I agree with the other comments here, It wasnt just the press who hounded him as a failure the so called football pundits where just as bad.
    His 1st season was a success but the hate campaign against the football club he played for affected his game (and MH’s coaching), he has gone now so i wont dwell on what could have been but will remember some of the silky skills he showed.

  2. max field

    September 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    While I agree with some of your appraisal about Robinho I tend to disagree that he has been a big failure in Europe. During the three years he spent in Real Madrid I think he did very well until Ramon Calderon proposed a move to swap him with Ronaldo. I remember an El Classico match where he was awarded the man of match award due to his mesmerizing performance.

    I believe you are one of those who labelled his first season at Machester City as a big failure too.. I think he was the third highest goal scorer in his first season behind Anelka and Tores scoring 14 or 15 goals with more assist than anyone in the Manchester City team. He scored more goals than Drogba, Arshavin and Wayne Rooney that season but the English Media still labelled him a failure.

    I am keen to know what you consider a success for a left forward in his first season in the EPL. Firstly I don’t think he should have made the move to EPL because his style of play and skill is not appreciated in England. We are used to work horses and strikers tracking back like Wayne Rooney. I struggle to name two Brazillian players (Fabiano and Maicon) who had a better world cup than Robinho, he was a crucial memeber of Dunga’s team both during qualifiers and the tournament.

    He might be sometimes petulant but to call his time in Europe a big failure is runing away from the FACT and completely unfair. Perhaps he needs a manager that would have confidence in him like Mark Hughes did, he was coming back from Injury and Mancini substituited him after coming in as a substituite against Everton and this was the club’s highest goal scorer the previous season how does that help his confidence?

  3. Edward Sasam

    September 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Interesting to see when, where and if he plays often. Still he’s used to warming his arse on the bench. He’s joined the other Brazilian has-been Ronaldinho in earning big bucks for playing in a minor league.

    • HTPLBC

      September 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      Minor League? How many times has a team from the Premier League won a Champions League Title in the past decade compares to Serie A or La Liga? Ronaldinho is better then any player in the Premier League and he’s not even the best in his league.

  4. Jem

    September 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    His away form was dire. He wasn’t committed to the club or the City. He is an excellent player and I feel he will prove this at Milan. A club and a country more suited to him in terms of weather football style and culture. For the financial investment made in him it was a very poor return.

  5. CelticsBlues

    September 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Robbie was pretty amazing for us his first year. Watching a highlights video from them made me nostalgic for the pressure-free, defenseless team with Robbie, Ireland, Elano etc. But when it comes down to it, they didn’t perform when necessary… especially Robbie. You have to balance his awesome goals and skills with him completely disappearing for the tough away games mid-season.

    Robbie might be the most technically gifted player I saw for City, but he was not cut out for the demands of our squad or the Prem. He always wants things his way and does not work hard. Simple facts – and the reasons why he had to leave Real. Yes he was a success in putting City on the map and bringing other players, and yes I am happy that although we lost some transfer funds we don’t need to pay his huge wages for the next couple of years.

    Would have been amazing to see our old squad succeed in this league, but that simply couldn’t have happened.

    Best of luck Robbie… I’ll never forget some of the goals you scored for us.

  6. mm

    September 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    16 goals in 48 appearances from a winger is hardly the record of a failure. Add his assists and you will see what a top player he really is, no matter what the media try to tell you.
    There will be more stories like this, telling us he was really a good un, now the press have done their best for their own favourite clubs, and hounded a world class player out.
    There are absolutely no ethics in journalism any more. It’s very sad

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