The transfer deadline has been and gone, whilst there still maybe a few more deals to announced none will be as high-profile as Manchester City selling Brazilian star Robinho to AC Milan for around £15m. Which is baffling in itself as AC Milan are so skint they had to loan Kevin Prince-Boateng from Genoa in a third-party deal Kia Joorabchian would have been proud of. Still, thats a story for another day, the point im making is about Robinho and the Brazilians.
Robinho cost Manchester City £32.5 million two years ago to the day, it was a statement of intent from the blue half of Manchester, which in all farness hasn’t really paid off. Robinho played 41 games in his first season and bagged 14 goals, a decent return in his debut season often showing glimpses of his talent. This was as good as it got for Robinho at City, the following season was interrupted by injuries and poor form which saw him score once in 12 matches before being shipped out on loan back to Brazil and Santos.
It got me thinking, why don’t the best Brazilians come to play in England and The Premier League? If Robinho was such a talent why wasn’t he dragging Man City into the top four, a player which cost £32.5m should be capable of much better. The simple fact is that Brazilians can’t adapt to playing in the UK, the style of the football, the culture, the climate etc. Of course there is an exception to the rule in Juninho who was a massive success at Middlesboro in his stint at the club during the mid nineties.
For every Juninho or Gilberto Silva there is a Kleberson or Roque Junior which I can reel off. The list of dodgy Brazilians that have landed on our shores could go on and on.. Julio Baptista, Alfonso Alves and Jardel. It’s no wonder that the likes of Kaka, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo (the real one) didn’t fancy plying their trade in England, these lads have some sense and play in Italy and Spain where the sun shines and they can play football without being smashed up by one of Big Sam’s teams every other week.