Why even a Monaco return looks unlikely for Tottenham’s Adebayor

The Togo international looks to be on his way out of Spurs but would a switch back to the Ligue 1 club even be an option for the troubled striker?

Out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino and seemingly booed by his own supporters, Emmanuel Adebayor’s position at Tottenham Hotspur looks as precarious as ever – but is the Togo striker quickly running out of options elsewhere?

One of the defining features of Tim Sherwood’s otherwise lamentable spell in charge at Spurs was the way the Tottenham coach got the best out of Adebayor, who had previously cut a marginalised figure under Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane.

But fast-forward almost a year and the Togo striker is seemingly back where he started with the same poor form and poor attitude that saw many tipping the ex-Arsenal and Manchester City man for a move abroad.

With Sherwood duly dispensed over the summer, to be replaced by Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino, Adebayor emerged as a surprise summer target for AS Monaco.

On paper, the move made sense, with the Principality Club capable of matching the 30-year-old’s financial demands while offering the striker the chance to return to the club where it all began.

Signed by Monaco from Metz in the summer of 2003, Adebayor played 115 times for Monaco, scoring 26 goals across three seasons with the club before moving on to the Gunners.

But for all the talk of a potential Monte Carlo reunion, the rumours failed to become anything concrete and when the January transfer window comes around, that situation looks unlikely to change.

That’s not to say that Monaco are not in the market for a goalscorer, with newly-appointed manager Leonardo Jardim enduring a slow start to life at the Stade Louis II following the summer departures of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao.

The Principality club are seventh in Ligue 1, seven points off a Champions League qualification place, following a run of just one win from their last five and have scored more than one goal in just two of their last ten competitive outings.

A lack of firepower has cost them in Europe too, with Monaco failing to get off the mark in three of their four Champions League group fixtures so far this term.

All of which seemingly appears to indicate the need for a striker at the club, but with one former Tottenham forward, Dimitar Berbatov, already failing to hit the mark, with just two league goals term, Adebayor would undoubtedly be the wrong choice.

Like the Bulgarian, the 30-year-old has scored just twice in the top-flight this term as part of a contribution that has been poor both on the pitch and off it.

On for the final 25 minutes against Stoke, Adebayor managed just one shot on goal as Spurs attempted to get back into the game, with the Togolese star winning just two aerial battles.

But it was against Aston Villa, the previous week, where his woeful form was most on show, with Adebayor out performed by a semi-fit Christian Benteke and the man who replaced him, Harry Kane.

The Belgian, despite an ultimately disastrous afternoon, led the line well for much of the game, winning more than twice as many aerial duels as Adebayor and more than double the amount of shots.

Kane, meanwhile, equalled the Togo star’s statistics despite having almost half as much game time and ultimately scored the goal to help Tottenham claim three important points.

Adebayor’s issues extend to beyond the games themselves however, with some reports suggesting the striker took defeat to Newcastle all too casually, chatting with several Toon players in the immediate aftermath of the game in a situation that angered many of his Spurs colleagues.

And then there are the fans themselves, many of whom have hit back at the African star by booing him and his fellow Lilywhites teammates during games – a situation that has not gone unnoticed by Adebayor, with the striker speaking out against such a reaction from the fans.

It all adds up to a situation that should put AS Monaco off any January deal for the former Principality favourite who swapped the club for Arsenal.

Perhaps AS Monaco would be better off pursuing a deal for Thierry Henry.

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