With the singing of new players the Togolese forward’s time on the pitch will be minimal this term, but the north London club have struggled to sell him.
With the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia, Tottenham have a new forward who is likely to start the majority of games for the club this season when available. With only one striker played in Andre Villas-Boas’ system, and Jermain Defoe competing for a place also, there seems like there is little room at White Hart Lane for Emmanuel Adebayor.
The African striker spent a successful loan spell in north London in 2011-12, and it appeared that the former Arsenal and Manchester City targetman was the player that Spurs needed in attack.
Painstaking negotiations with City and the player himself were needed to thrash out a permanent move to White Hart Lane for the African striker, but he went decidedly off the boil last term.
Frighteningly inconsistent, Adebayor could be the best player on the pitch one week, only to look lethargic and uninterested the next. With Defoe still not fully trusted to be the man to get the goals to take Tottenham to the next level, Soldado’s arrival was needed for Spurs to be real top-four contenders.
As it stands, Defoe is a player than can change a game from the bench with his finishing as good as anyone in the land when he is on form. Adebayor however seems like a player that will not be given much game time by Villas-Boas and who will cost the club significantly as a result.
Tottenham will not mind paying significant wages to players who can assist them in the search for Champions League football, but Adebayor looks like he could be one of the highest earners at the club, but not feature in the first team.
A lot of teams, including Besiktas and Schalke, were linked with moves for the Togo international over the summer, but the stumbling block was the player’s wages. As such, Tottenham are in a very difficult situation in that most of the suitors that state an interest in the African will not be able to match his current wages, and the player will not move as a result.
Is there a case for bringing him back into the first-team fold? If Adebayor cannot be sold it may well be an option to bring him back into contention for the first-team. On his day his physical attributes can be an asset for the club, but unfortunately recently those days have been few and far between.
Spurs fans, do you think Tottenham should try to sell Adebayor in January, or bring him back into first-team contention?
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