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Would We Be Better Off Without Robinho?

Would We Be Better Off Without Robinho?

Regular Vital Manchester City contributor,Wswilly3 sent us the following...

There is a rumour that suggests Barcelona might be interested in signing Robinho - presumably to grab a few headlines from their rivals Real Madrid who are in the midst of galacticos fervour again.

There is even a rumour that Robinho has an escape clause in his contract allowing this option to happen. Now we all know that just as football is the opium of the people, that football rumours are generated by hacks having swallowed far too many magic mushrooms in order to help them fill their tabloids.

So is their any truth in these rumours ? Probably not but it did make me think some heretical thoughts like, could losing Robinho be a good thing?

It even reminds me of the time of Georgi Kinkladze, remember a sublime player, who gave so much pleasure but he ended up playing in league matches for us at such places as Oxford United and York City. Gosh the thought nearly made me succumb to one of those magic mushrooms, so favoured by the aforementioned hacks but thankfully memories of the Gillingham match pulled me through the cold sweat.

So my thesis is this.

Carlos Tevez comes in and Robinho goes out and we are a much better team. Why, well firstly the two of them would have difficulty playing together in the same team and secondly we would have far more flexibility of options with Tevez, as we could more easily play our current system with one striker or in 4-4-2 with him as the support striker.

The fact remains that the Premiership is played with more intensity than any other league and ideally requires all eleven players to be active for the whole match. Brazilians in general bring great flair, moments of incredible entertainment but do Robinho, Elano, Ronaldinhio and Kaka do their share of defending for the team as a whole.

Baring this in mind, players like Tevez, Wright Phillips and Rooney do track back and do defend from the front whereas the Brazilians, Berbatov and even Martin Petrov are less keen to do the slog, which in my opinion is an important part of the team ethic, as required by the Premiership. Some teams in the Premiership have this in abundance and even with little flair are able to survive at this rarefied level - for example Stoke City last season.

The prospect gets even more tantalising if City are able to sign 'Roy of the Rovers' at centre forward and have him supported by Tevez. Roy would be nodding them in from the half way line and...ok I did succumb to one of those magic mushrooms, but I'm smiling!

Date:Tuesday June 16 2009
Time: 7:54PM


Mike Hunt
16/06/2009 20:17:00
while you're right about the tracking back necessity of all 11 players, I'm hoping more that Robi is actually bulking up a bit as reported by the Sun and will take a (little) bit more defensive responsibility and that we add Tevez to the mix rather than lose Robinho.
16/06/2009 20:19:00
I dont think that MH would be disappointed , all part of his masterplan to recreate Blackburn Rovers at 10 times the cost , but we will be stronger in the second half of the season !!!!!! WHEN MH HAS GONE !!!!!!!!!!!
16/06/2009 20:27:00
some fair comments and understandable in some ways, but am with mike on this one, how the hell would we be better off without robinho? he is world class and would make any team better, hence barcelona reportedly in for him
16/06/2009 20:30:00
i thought i misread this article so i came back just to make sure and it really is *********.
Mike Hunt
16/06/2009 20:40:00
Bobbins. Robinho is our best player. He got 15 goals from left midfield in his debut season in a new league and apparently that's no good. I can't wait to see what happens when he's firing then. Don't forget he's been playing with the likes of Evans, Fernandes half the season too. Once we get some more strength in depth Robbie will shine like the star he is. To say we would be better of without him is just plain stupid.
16/06/2009 20:42:00
Opinion, debate, wonderful thing we have.
16/06/2009 20:43:00
well we don't feckin want him :-) never did :-)
16/06/2009 20:52:00
There is opinion. But this purports to be a "thesis" -- claiming to be based on research. Soz, this isn't opinion, it is in fact twaddle.
16/06/2009 20:56:00
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