Bobby & Freddy finally get their man.....our cut out and keep Robert guide, written before he'd kicked a ball for us.
Born: May 21st 1974 in Saint-Benoit, on the island in La Réunion, in the
He joined PSG in 1999 from Montpellier, where his pace on the flank and powerful shot had brought him to the attention of France's biggest clubs. He scored 11 goals in 32 games in his final season with Montpellier, then nine in 28 in 1999-2000 in his first year in the capital.
Robert began the 2000-01 season in explosive form and became a real favourite among PSG supporters. A player with great potential, he impresses with his bursts of speed down the left side as well as operating as an offensive central midfield player.
Detractors point out his lack of patience. Robert is prone to rash tackles when dispossessed and has a tendency to forget the game or stray out of position if disturbed by more intelligent opponents.
For some the jury is still out, while others expect him to become a regular for France having been impressed by some memorable individual performances.
Three sendings off in the 1999-2000 season hint at problems below the surface and his temperament got the better of him after he was substituted during half-time in the 3-0 win over Toulouse in March 2001. He slammed coach Luis Fernandez, moaning: "He treats me like a child and is always taking the mickey." He may as well have written a transfer request.
In March 2001 it was reported that Malaga's Portuguese winger Joaquin Agostinho was going to replace him, but Luis Fernandez denied the story and stated, after Robert scored a hat-trick against Jazz in the InterToto Cup in July 2001, that the player would remain at the Parc des Princes.
He Says: "I can't put up with this situation any longer, I want to leave. I'm aware that I'm putting myself in danger (by speaking out). In weeks to come I expect a few little surprises, like for example being left out of the squad - others have gone down that path before me. Since Luis arrived, he's had it in for me. He finds excuses to leave me on the bench, or he makes me play when I'm injured. With him, there's no dialogue. Luis speaks to me badly, he's always taking the mickey. He lacks respect for me and treats me like a child when I am in fact a father. It's been going on for a little while now and I've had enough." - after being substituted at half-time during a 3-0 win over Toulouse, March 2001.
They Say: "His action was inadmissable. It was a stupid thing to do and cost his team dearly in the battle for the title." - Henri Biancheri, the Monaco sporting director, after Robert was sent off after only 44 minutes in defeat against Monaco, February 2000.
"I wish people would just leave him alone. If we have to reprimand him we will. I'm not one to whinge but people have got to stop using him as a target." - PSG coach Bergeroo after the Monaco sending-off, February 2000.