Adebayor had slipped down the pecking order at City and, after a brief and fairly nondescript loan stint at Real Madrid, he seemed to have found himself an unlikely home back in his old stomping ground of North London.
He scored an impressive 18 goals and made 12 assists for Spurs in their 2011/12 season in which he appearances 37 times. Interestingly, he hadn’t played that many games in a single season since his last at Arsenal.
City paid the Gunners £25 million for the secural of his services – he had been nothing short of prolific in the 2007/08 season, scoring an astonishing 30 goals in 48 appearances for Arsenal. That’s how good he was.
In 2008 he was 24 and his trajectory was on the way up but now, at 29 with a string of clubs behind him left less than enamored ultimately, Tottenham may well be the latest in that long line.
This term he’s made 29 appearances in total, of which 23 were starts and he’s only played a full 90 minutes on 16 occasions – he has, for the most part, played second-fiddle to a fit and in form Jermaine Defoe.
But what next for the Togolese forward? Where does he go from here? Perhaps he can still play an important role in Spurs’ season. You never know he might get an important goal that settles a six-pointer, firing them in to Champions League. You never know.
He could, conceivably, find his form next term. Perhaps he just needs a decent run in the team. The problem is, as is often the case with Adebayor, he hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the fans.
The penalty miss, amongst numerous others from open play this season, have been frustrating and players react to that discontent from the fans – they feel it and it only adds to the pressure.
I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest my belief that, given the choice, the majority of Spurs fans would happily bid farewell to Emmanuel Adebayor this summer. They got him on the cheap, they can offload him and make him someone else’s problem once again.
Spurs need a world-class striker this summer and, if and when they get one, that’s only going to push Adebayor back down the pecking order – he won’t like that and we all know how that story ends by now.
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