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Manchester City boss wants more from his Brazilian star

Manchester City paid a huge sum of money for Real Madrid striker Robinho in September and so far he probably hasn’t had the success he would have hoped for. He may well be one of the top scorers in the Premier League, but too often in games he has gone missing – especially away from Eastlands.

It now appears that Mark Hughes is in agreement with this theory as he has called for the Brazilian to up his game away from home. The Man City boss has said that the pair have had ’a brief word’ about the situation and he hopes this will result in a change in fortunes.

With reference to why Robinho may have been underperforming on the road, Hughes said that he ‘hasn’t had a great deal’ of English football away from home and this has played its part.

Looking forward though, Hughes believes that ‘the setbacks we are having now will stand him in good stead’ in terms of his future at the club. Overall, it seems as though the Welshman is confident that the team haven’t seen the best of Robinho yet.

What about Manchester City fans though? What do you think? Has Robinho showed enough to justify the money spent? Were you frustrated after seeing how well he played against Brazil? It would be interesting to hear from you.

Personally, I have enjoyed watching Robinho this season. He has been part of a struggling team and has produced a handful of excellent displays. Whether this is enough though, I’m not so sure.

As for the team as a whole, well they are still very inconsistent and extremely frustrating. Their home form is decent, but their away form is quite simply appalling. They have lost at Portsmouth and Stoke recently and for a team with their ambitions – this is not good enough!

The football odds no longer expect them to be involved in a relegation scrap though, so it is all about finishing the season on a high. A certain Brazilian starting to perform away from home would probably help matters.

By Thomas Rooney – a sports writer who blogs about football betting for Betfair – check them out for a cheltenham free bet