Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday May 28 2009
Nine months ago next week Manchester City and Manchester united paid out a combined £63,250,000 on two strikers. Who got the best value for crazy money?
Throughout this season, Blues have been faced with relentless copy from sports hack's and learned pundits declaring De Souza Robinho's time at Eastlands to be a failure. Outside of a fair number of rags supporters, you'd be hard pressed to find a similar dismissal of Dimitar Berbatov's efforts.
That mad last day of August 2008 saw City's new hierarchy fire in mega bids at a number of select striker targets, one of whom was Berbatov, Tottenham's want away forward. The rags responded to City's bid by raising their own into the Rio Ferdinand £30 million sphere they'd visited before and Sir Alex Taggart even went to the lengths of driving the Bulgarian from Ringway to Stretford himself.
28 year old Berbatov's on/off rag career could maybe best encapsulated by his appalling penalty miss against Everton which all but sealed the rags exit from the FA Cup they claimed a divine right to amongst other silverware.
24 year old Robinho on the other hand, may well not have shone consistently away from home this season but he was written off by hacks before he set foot on English turf that he wouldn't be able to handle the transition from Spanish Liga flair to Premier League combat. Of course, Berbatov was already well established in English football, so The Glazers would have been expecting more of a finished article where adaptability was concerned.
THE STATISTICAL HEAD TO HEAD:
No 9. Dimitar Berbatov. Fee: £30,750,000
League and Cup Appearances: 36 + 7 as sub.
Goals: 14 (9 Premier League in 29 apps)
No 10. Robinho. Fee: £32,500,000
League and Cup Appearances: 40 + 1 as sub.
Goals: 15 (14 Premier League in 30 apps)
So if Robinho is a failure, then what does that make Berbatov?
Many a rag will tell you that Robinho thought he was signing for them, but his comments last night following the rags humiliation at the hands of the brilliant Barcelona tell another story:
'I was cheering for Barca. First, because I have friends there and also because United are our biggest rivals. I was sure Barca would prove they are Europe's best team.'
Robinho has also issued a statement via his official website regarding City fans:
'Robinho was very happy with the affection demonstrated by the fans in the match against Bolton.
'The incentives shouted by the crowd, directed at team-mate Glauber Berti, in the final minutes, demonstrated how passionate Manchester City's fans are.
'Robinho also said that he is very happy and proud to play in a club that has such wonderful followers.'
...Carry on like this Robbie and you'll be assured MCFC legend status...!
Which striker do you think represented the best business? Berbatov or Robinho?
JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:
Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website of the past season. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join our worldwide community:
Date:Thursday May 28 2009
Match Day Officials v Hull (Sunday November 29 2015)
Buzz on the Spot - City v Southampton (Saturday November 28 2015)
Audio - Pellegrini Pleased With Reaction (Saturday November 28 2015)
Stats: Manchester City v Southampton (Saturday November 28 2015)
Man City v Southampton - Teamsheets! (Saturday November 28 2015)
Caballero Ready To Step Up (Friday November 27 2015)
Beat The Clock & Be The Manager - Southampton (Friday November 27 2015)
Manchester City v Southampton - 3pm Sat 28th Nov (Friday November 27 2015)
Hart Out For Ten Days - Southampton Preview (Friday November 27 2015)
Silva Looks For Winning Return (Friday November 27 2015)
|6.||Colin Is The King||84|
|Aston Villa||0||-||0||Man City|
|Man Utd||0||-||0||Man City|
|Man City||5||-||1||AFC Bournemouth|
|1. Man City||14||9||2||3||+16||29|
|2. Leicester City||14||8||5||1||+8||29|
|3. Man Utd||14||8||4||2||+10||28|
|7. Crystal Palace||14||7||1||6||+5||22|
|Howe: Doesn't look good for Boruc or Federici
» AFC Bournemouth : 30/11/2015 09:25:01
|Stanislas: It almost feels like a win
» AFC Bournemouth : 30/11/2015 09:13:01
|Howe: The crazy game of football
» AFC Bournemouth : 30/11/2015 09:01:01
|Stinging The Blues
» AFC Bournemouth : 30/11/2015 08:45:01
|Disappointment, Shows Progress.
» Spurs : 30/11/2015 08:33:00