COS contributor Jack Wilkinson takes a look at the Eastlands big money buy appears exit bound.
Since Robinho’s arrival to Manchester city in 2008 there has many been a lot of controversy surrounding the Brazilian, and with his career at city looking like its coming to an end – I ask, was his move to city a successful signing for the club or a terrible mistake.
Firstly, you could argue that after his terrible second season at Eastlands; he has certainly not lived up to his £32.5 million price tag with such poor form in the premier league having produced only one goal to his name this year, which sparked a move away, or you could say an escape, to Santos on loan. So does that mean he has been a huge waste of money for the club?
Having said that, you have to think how much of an impact Robinho had in his first season for city and without his 14 goals, which got him 4th top goal scorer in the premier league, where would have man city ended up without him? Therefore, you could argue that it was Robinho’s flair, skill and eye for goal that helped man city reach the quarter finals of the what was the UEFA cup and to finish 9th in the league. However, admittedly this wasn’t exactly what many city fans and the owners had in mind for this season, but it was a great step up to the years before that.
As well as the significant improvement that every Manchester city fan could see in the team and enjoyed watching; Robinho also added an added excitement to the football club and his ‘braziliant’ flair, incredible skill and his master first touch made it more thrilling to watch for Manchester city fans and turned the Manchester club into a more fun and exhilarating team for spectators worldwide. This added excitement and expectation of Robinho at Man city surely helped the club build a bigger reputation worldwide, which you could argue and justify has helped the club become more of a threat to the ‘bigger’ clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and their arch rivals Manchester United in the recent years.
However, could 15 goals in 2 seasons for £32.5 million ever be seen as a good buy and not a massive waste of money since city have paid more than £2million per goal, and that’s not including his massive wages and any bonuses involved. That is a rhetorical question, as obviously it was a ridiculous sum of money to pay for a so called ‘big name’, and the fact is Robinho did not live up to the wishful expectations of hopeful man city fans awaiting for their equivalent of United’s Ronaldo.
On the other hand, was Robinho’s move to man city the reason why all the other big names like Tevez and Adebayor gave city a chance? Was it the first time Man city were noticed on a global scale and when the big stars of football thought of them as a worthwhile football club to go to? Was it not when Robinho chose Man city over Chelsea (albeit because of the money) the start of something amazing that has happened at the club? So yes maybe Robinho himself was a terrible waste of money for the club, but you can’t help thinking if it wasn’t for that first move to man city – would have all those other football superstars came to the club as well that have helped man city reach their first semi final in 28 years, and gain their highest position in the premier league ever.
So … hero or villain?