It says it all when you have to be reminded who you joined in your opening press conference for your new club, just as Robinho did when he joined Manchester City on deadline day in 2008.
“On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted.” Said Robinho, to which a reporter quickly replied “You mean Manchester, right?” “Yeah, Manchester, sorry!” said Robinho as he quickly realised where he was. It was supposed to be a day of celebration for Man City fans and Robinho, they had just signed Britain’s most expensive player. A false start but the fans quickly forgave him.
Samba skills were to be seen at Eastlands and with that flair, trickery and most of all goals. They were in hot demand as the previous season only saw Man City score 29 goals in their 18 home games… not the greatest of records.
He started brightly and scored 15 goals in his first season including a superb hat-trick against Stoke City. His home form was fantastic, but on the road it was a totally different story. He would hardly feature in games and that trait has haunted him in his Manchester City career up until now.
In January 2009 he was in trouble with the police over an allegation of rape… it affected his form for the remainder of the season and he only hit the net three times.
After a fantastic first term in the Premier League things were starting to sour.
The summer came and after a turbulent settling in period many City fans were excited for the season ahead… With signings like Adebayor, Barry and Carlos Tevez Man City and the Brazillian wizard were sure to have a great season in front of them
The 2009/10 season was the chance to see what the little Brazillian was really made of. Last year was the settling in period, now it was time to perform. Unfortunately that has not materialised. He’s only featured eleven times so far this season and has failed to score in any of those games. Barcelona have been touted as possible suitors for him, however he has rebuffed those suggestions on a number of occasions. The Catalan club have halted their pursuit after City refused to play ball.
Barca club President said on Spanish Radio, “The conditions that we were prepared to accept for Robinho were not accepted by Manchester City,” Lucky escape then as Robinho has been dismal ever since. His poor showing in last weekend’s away match highlighted his demise in form. He was brought on as an early first half substitute, only to be brought off before the hour mark.
Where Robinho and Manchester City go from here will be anyone’s guess. The Brazillian was brought in by Mark Hughes a staunch supporter of him. City have a new heroin in Carlos Tevez, the Argentinean is epitomising the spirit and the passion that has sadly been lacking eve since Robinho stepped foot onto the Eastlands pitch. One thing is guaranteed… If he doesn’t work and pull his weight new manager Roberto Mancini will show him the door. The Italian has instilled a harder mentality into his players and a higher work ethic. It could be time for the dazzling Robinho to ply his trade somewhere else…