When Mark Hughes, armed with Sheikh Mansourâ€™s chequebook, signed Robinho and saved him from bench warming duties at Real Madrid, he was entitled to hope that the inconsistent Brazilian would work hard to find some of the dazzling form he showed at Santos.
Much to Hughesâ€™s chagrin, he has bought a player who has rarely lived up to his Â£32.5 million billing. Furthermore, Robinho has proved a disruptive figure in the dressing room after he complained when his compatriot Elano was sold to Galatasaray and recently has been heavily flirting with Barcelona.
One would think that after being usurped by Craig Bellamy in the starting XI he would work hard to get himself fully fit and show some of his best form. But no, instead he has appointed himself as Cityâ€™s new chief scout and recommended that City buy Benficaâ€™s defensive midfielder and fellow Selaco member Ramires.
Robinho has been quoted in the NOTW saying: “Ramires is a great player, a youngster who has been playing for Brazil and that says a lot about his qualityâ€¦â€¦He’ll go far, he’ll be a superstar and his talent is recognised not only in Brazilâ€¦â€¦They should sign him. The manager decides whether City need a player like him but good players are always needed and Ramires has got tremendous potential.”
Ramires, a defensive midfielder, rose to prominence at Cruzeiro where he won 2 State Championships. He has been hailed by many South Americans as one of the best young players to come out of Brazil in recent times. He has likened his playing style to that of Patrick Vieira, as they are both strong in the tackle and posses excellent defensive skills which make a complete midfielder.
It helps that he is a versatile player who is quick, reads the game well and has a habit of appearing in the right place at the right time in the oppositionâ€™s six yard box. His engine has led to the nickname of “Queniano Azul” or “Blue Kenyan” with regard to Cruzeiro’s colours and his ability to run none stop like a Kenyan.
Like all cash strapped South American teams, when Benfica came calling and waived around a â‚¬7.5million cheque he was sold. His good form has continued in Portugal, and this season he has netted 4 goals in 6 games an excellent return from a defensive midfielder. (Ramires’ goals for Benfica can be seen here.)
Last summer he played for Brazil in the Confederations Cup where his displays were excellent despite some of his team mates loss of form. He is behind Gilberto and Felipe Melo in the pecking order but with the former aged 33 it can not be long before Dunga makes him a central part of the team.
City have been constantly linked with a move for Yaya Toure, indicating that Hughes feels that Kompany and De Jong may not be long term solutions to the teamâ€™s defensive midfield conundrum. If Toure is not available, then maybe City may make a move for Ramires. However, like all City purchases nowadays, a hefty price will have to be paid as he has a â‚¬30 million buy out clause.
We, here at 101gg, highly doubt that Robinhoâ€™s scouting talents will be put to use and do not expect him to make a move to The Citizens.
Video evidence of Ramires can be seen here.