Search “Jo, Manchester City” on google and a million-and-one results will come up referring to the Brazilian as a major City flop. And rightly so.
Believe it or not, there was once a time when Manchester City were as lost as their city rivals, Manchester United, currently are. Their transfer policy was, shall we say, shaky at best and the utter travesties they recruited matched. Indeed, it seemed having a fairly exotic sounding name or origins in South America was enough to book a big money move to the City of Manchester Stadium prior to calculated days new. And our man in question, João Alves de Assis Silva, or Jo, benefitted because of that.
The Brazilian trumped Manchester City’s former record signing Nicolas Anelka, a man with a thousand times more quality, by quite a margin when he linked up with former manager Mark Hughes in a deal said to be worth £18million in 2008.
Once described by the Welshman as ‘a big talent and a young man with a big future’, it became immediately apparent that Jo, for all his heritage, fell desperately short of expectations and just about the only “big” thing about the forward was the time wasted on him.
During his ill-fated three year stint with the club – one of which one spent on loan at Everton, where he managed a marginally better seven goals – Jo disgraced the shirt with just one Premier League goal in 21 appearances.
Just to clear that up, City paid £18million for a single, sad, solitary pathetic goal against Portsmouth.
We aren’t even quite sure what kind of player Jo was meant to be. He stood at 6 ft 2 but rarely looked like he was capable of winning headers when they were lumped up to him in typical Hughes style. He had a bit of pace, but even that wasn’t enough to turn him into a player. The samba spark inherent in all Brazilian footballers wasn’t even there, either. Fraud.
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