Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has been told to give Robinho a free rein if he wants to get the best out of Britain's record signing.
That is the view of the striker's fellow Brazilian Elano ahead of the Barclays Premier League match at Wigan.
"The first thing I told the manager was that nobody knows him better than me," said Elano in an interview posted on Robinho's official website. "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 added: "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."