Elano - Give Robinho a free role
Elano believes the way for Mark Hughes to get the best out of Robinho is by giving him a free role.
Last Updated: 27/09/08 2:10pm
Manchester City's Elano believes the way for manager Mark Hughes to get the best out of team-mate Robinho is by giving him a free role.
Brazilian midfielder Elano knew his new colleague well even before he signed for City following their time together at Santos and also on international duty.
Although Robinho has two goals in two Premier League outings and impressed during his short stay in England, Elano believes giving the 24-year-old a free role enables him to play at his best.
"The first thing I told the manager was that nobody knows him better than me," said Elano on Robinho's official website. "I have spent a lot of time in his company.
"I told him how Robinho likes to play and how he could help us. Robinho has to be free of worries, with the freedom to move around the pitch.
"He likes playing down the left. In his first match, he played in the middle and scored a goal (against Chelsea). But I know he would have helped us even more if he'd been able to play where he enjoys things most.
"I've been playing down the left, alongside Robinho. Because of the language and the understanding between us, we thought it would be better for me to play there, and also because our left-back (Javier Garrido) is Spanish.
"I am happy the manager has adopted that strategy, it will help me grow as well. With Robinho in front of me, I know I always have a good passing option."