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Friday, November 25, 2005

Robinho disappoints

I’ve been disappointed in Robinho. Arsenal, to my mind, is lucky that they didn’t drop the huge 30m Euro fee Real Madrid paid for him.

Robinho joined Madrid over the summer from Santos in Brazil. He’s been less than sparkling so far and, against Lyon the other night, the fans let him know about it with jeers towards the end of the game and another weak performance. Arsenal were in the hunt for a long while until the price got too high. I may be eating my words in a few months or a year but Robinho looks a little lost and short a few ideas. Madrid may have a bust on their hands.

I was initially enthused by the prospects for the youngster, but that has soured. If I am not mistaken, he’s only scored a single goal since joining Madrid and has had the chances to deliver them.

Barcelona are on fire, and away against Real last week they dominated in a way I have rarely seen. It wasn’t a win; it was a 3-0 demolition of Real Madrid. I really thought Robinho was the kind of player to bring some glue between the midfield and up front. That hasn’t happened, in fact he strands himself in strange positions, makes ill-timed passes and loses the ball.

With Raul out for month with a serious knee injury we will see just what Robinho is made of. My guess is it won't go well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robinho is a blue chipper. He has too much talent and drive not to succeed. He is tough and has had to go through his mother's kidnapping, moving to a new country and playing with the primadonna's at Real Madrid.

Remember he is still young and has not looked out of place in the Brazil side. Once Real Madrid start playing more consistently I'm sure Robinho will shine and that people will be saying 'I wish he had come to Arsenal' (The same could also be said about Baptista)

11/25/2005 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arsenal needs Baptista more than Robinho. Robinho is too weak for the physical football in England.

Baptista is a different proposition. He'd outshine Drogba (not much talent to me) and a good long term replacement for Henry.

Baptista is in the same mould as Adriano of Inter Milan.

11/25/2005 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baptista is a far better choice than Robinho for Arsenal. Arsenal needs a strong, good-at-heading holding midfielder to compensate Vieira and Edu's departure. Only Baptista fits that bill.

As for striker I prefer Kuyt. He is strong, has good vision and awareness, and can hold the ball until midfielders move up front. He is cheaper than Robinho and would need no work permit. Torres is good though but I doubt he can play physical in Premiership, at this age.

11/26/2005 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion Wenger had no intention of signing Robinho. He made his bids in order to force Real to spend money, in the hope of a better chance of getting Baptista. Oh well "the best plans of mice and men" etc.

11/26/2005 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Bruno Ribeiro said...

We must give the boy a break. He needs time to addapt to the european tempo.

We cannot forget that Ronaldinho had difficulties in his first year at PSG, or that Henry failed in Juventus and Patrick Vieira never acomplished to succed at AC Milan.

And the way that Real is playin nowadays makes all players seem worst than they really are. I think with time and a more ballanced squad he'll deliver what is expected.

11/26/2005 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robinho is a way better player than Baptista will ever be.

I have watched quite a bit of both of them, and imo Baptista is a poor man's Adriano, and a bit of a thug to boot.

Robinho has it all, skill, pace, vision etc., and just because he has a slight frame does not mean he isn't tough, I've seen him take several hits and just get up and get on with it.

Way too many people make assumptions like "he wouldn't be able to play in the EPL" when they obviously haven't watched him play.

11/26/2005 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll be eating your words when Robinho becomes one of the greatest players of our generation. The guy has more skill in his right toe than most players in the world. Yes, maybe Madrid as a bit too much too soon but he certainly has the talent and WILL be one of the best players around. Think I'm wrong? Just wait until the world cup.

11/27/2005 12:16 AM  
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11/27/2005 12:54 AM  
Anonymous Jean-Michel said...

If Robinho had signed with Arsenal he would be playing less and playing better and learning and becoming a world-class player. But he signed with Real Madrid so he's becoming a big-headed ball-hogging lousy footballer. And I bet Julio Baptista is thinking he might have been better off coming to London as well.

Have a look at Robin Van Persie if you don't believe me. In a year and a half he's gone from a big-headed ball-hogger to a smart serial goal-scorer.

11/27/2005 3:25 PM  

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