Emmanuel Adebayor has not lived up to his potential this season; could a team before his time at Arsenal and Manchester City provide a safety net?
Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their pursuit of a Champions League spot after blowing Manchester City away in seven second half minutes last weekend to win 3-1 and put the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea above them. The three goals all came after Andre Villas Boas did some vital tinkering with on the pitch affairs and decided that simply put it was not working; especially in regards to one players truly abysmal display.
Even with a half fit Jermain Defoe on the bench AVB soon realised he had to haul off Emmanuel Adebayor as soon as possible if his team were to have any chance of being competitive in the game; the Togolese striker had a game that summed up his season.
The performance has led to much criticism and rightly so considering the way he toyed with Spurs in regards to his transfer at the start of the season. The least he could have done in return was produce the goods on the pitch this campaign to validate the pursuit of his signature.
Instead he has scored just three Premier League goals this term; the same tally as Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker.
So maybe this summer the time is right to flog him and bring in two new stellar strikers to take Spurs to the next level; and the right buyers may just be a little look down his own history book.
Arsenal and Manchester City fans need not worry. I am not for one second suggesting he could return to either club where he was alienated in such different circumstances; and after his form this season neither side would want him on a purely footballing basis.
Instead I refer to where he first started to catch the eye of Premier League clubs; AS Monaco.
The Ligue 2 side won 4-0 last night to take them within five points of promotion back to the top-tier of French football; and on top of that they have quite literally been linked with every single player out there this summer.
Could Adebayor be a more likely buy?
It is believed the club is willing to spend nominal amounts on transfer fees but are bankrolled enough to offer substantial wage packets to a certain pedigree of player that can help them challenge for Europe next season; this is a team in a rush.
Adebayor would be the perfect addition to the club and considering his previous successful two-and-a-half-year stint in the principality it may be a move that appeals to the 29-year-old.
Would you like to see the back of Adebayor this summer?
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