If Robinho Is a Failure Then What Is the Word for Berbatov?

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If Robinho Is a Failure Then What Is the Word for Berbatov?
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At the time of the Abu Dhabi takeover of Manchester City, Sky Sports was talking about the many and varied bids that the new owners had in play on transfer deadline day.

City and United were going head to head for the signature of Berbatov.

From what I remember of that crazy night, all of my City fan mates were as one in NOT wanting Berbatov.

We were pleased as punch to be making United pay well over the odds for the lazy one but we certainly didn't want him to be wearing Sky Blue any time soon.

The fact that we snapped up Robinho was a massive boost to our egos.

We had also paid more and broke the British transfer record, which added kudos onto kudos.

And of course United fans cooed that they had the man they wanted and claimed to now be the perfect team.

United fans are still trying to wind up City fans by claiming that Robinho has been at best a limited success, and I will agree that things could have gone better. But he has had a pretty good debut season. Unlike Berbitov.

Not a target man, not a player who can spin off the last defender and speed away and not a poacher of goals, so what is he?

He is quite simply a lazy version of Teddy Sheringham, without the heading ability or strength.

So if Robinho is to be labelled as a failure, what is the best way to describe United's latest bum buy?

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