Posted by Barrie on Thursday, 28 January 2010

Robinho Uses World Cup to Get Out of Manchester

As Robinho's loan move to Santos has been confirmed today, it's been a disappointing 24 hours for Manchester City fans.

First they were knocked out of the Carling Cup in the final minute at the hands of their biggest rivals last night, despite the 3 goals scored by Carlos Tevez other the two legs. And now their British record signing, Robinho is loaned out to the club he made a name at back in Brazil.

Robinho's professionalism has been a joke during his season and a half at Manchester City. It all started when he thought he had signed for Chelsea instead of Manchester City. Whether he had the wool pulled over his eyes or what it was pretty funny at the time. And Robinho has turned out be a laughing stock... unless you're a Manchester City fan. £32,500,000 and reported wages of £160,000 a week. City thought he was going to makes this team world class. He showed it in spells last season, scoring 15 goals in all. But a lack of effort on the road was clearly noticeable last season. And a lack of effort has been a constant this season.

On the ball and on his game he is a world class player. I will give him that. But he's never been “on his game” in a Manchester City shirt. A constant laziness has prevented him from becoming a Premier League star. Just as soon as he arrived he wanted to leave. Despite being linked with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, neither of the Spanish giants have had a bid accepted. So now he is headed off back home.

The excuse being used to get him more playing time and so he can find his form ahead of the world cup is just for him to get out of Manchester. Clearly he isn't happy there and with the time he has been given he could have found his form by now. But he hasn't wanted too. In my view, it's a good move for all parties as there's no point keeping someone around against their will.

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