It’s a miracle! Manchester City are putting three players up for sale – players who evidently have no future in Roberto Mancini’s title challenge season. Perhaps the most widely expected name on his list is Robinho, the £32m flop from Real Madrid, who spurned Chelsea for the riches of Eastlands in 2008.
His first season wasn’t half bad, although his home and away form was like Jekyll and Hyde, and managed to hit 13 goals despite some expectations of 25+ a season.
At times though, Robinho’s attitude did leave a lot to be desired, and after falling out with team-mates and succumbing to injury, his career with City went sharply downhill. After coming back from injury, he looked a shadow of his former self and was eventually carted off to Santos for a loan.
Now Mancini has had enough, and the betting man would have Robinho unceremoniously thrown off the white cliffs of Dover, front-crawling towards whatever club in Europe is willing to take him on.
Another one for the exit door is Roque Santa Cruz, the Paraguayan international who chose to forsake mid-table Blackburn for (then) mid-table Manchester City last year. However, one injury after another has significantly hampered the striker’s City prospects – and just 3 goals from 19 appearance just isn’t good enough.
At £17.5m, the loss of Santa Cruz at a cut price or for free would not be the end of the world, but certainly a disappointment for the man who once showed so much potential for club and country.
And finally, Shay Given may come as a surprise departure to some, but the form of goalkeeper Joe Hart for Birmingham City last season (and at Tottenham on Saturday) has breathed new life into England’s future hopes between the sticks. As such, there appears to be very little room for the Irish shot-stopper, who has proven over the years how safe his hands truly are.
Mancini is not as such giving his former number one custodian “the boot”, but Given is welcome to leave the club at any time. Premier League clubs believed to be interested in a season long loan are Arsenal and Fulham.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!