Date: 16th June 2009 at 7:55pm
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Regular Vital Manchester City contributor,Wswilly3 sent us the following…

There is a rumour that suggests Barcelona might be interested in signing Robinho – presumably to grab a few headlines from their rivals Real Madrid who are in the midst of galacticos fervour again.

There is even a rumour that Robinho has an escape clause in his contract allowing this option to happen. Now we all know that just as football is the opium of the people, that football rumours are generated by hacks having swallowed far too many magic mushrooms in order to help them fill their tabloids.

So is their any truth in these rumours ? Probably not but it did make me think some heretical thoughts like, could losing Robinho be a good thing?

It even reminds me of the time of Georgi Kinkladze, remember a sublime player, who gave so much pleasure but he ended up playing in league matches for us at such places as Oxford United and York City. Gosh the thought nearly made me succumb to one of those magic mushrooms, so favoured by the aforementioned hacks but thankfully memories of the Gillingham match pulled me through the cold sweat.

So my thesis is this.

Carlos Tevez comes in and Robinho goes out and we are a much better team. Why, well firstly the two of them would have difficulty playing together in the same team and secondly we would have far more flexibility of options with Tevez, as we could more easily play our current system with one striker or in 4-4-2 with him as the support striker.

The fact remains that the Premiership is played with more intensity than any other league and ideally requires all eleven players to be active for the whole match. Brazilians in general bring great flair, moments of incredible entertainment but do Robinho, Elano, Ronaldinhio and Kaka do their share of defending for the team as a whole.

Baring this in mind, players like Tevez, Wright Phillips and Rooney do track back and do defend from the front whereas the Brazilians, Berbatov and even Martin Petrov are less keen to do the slog, which in my opinion is an important part of the team ethic, as required by the Premiership. Some teams in the Premiership have this in abundance and even with little flair are able to survive at this rarefied level – for example Stoke City last season.

The prospect gets even more tantalising if City are able to sign ‘Roy of the Rovers’ at centre forward and have him supported by Tevez. Roy would be nodding them in from the half way line and…ok I did succumb to one of those magic mushrooms, but I’m smiling!