The Daily Mirror reported on transfer deadline day that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy had blocked Emmanuel Adebayor from moving to West Ham.
The paper claims Levy didn’t want to make one of the club’s rivals for the top four stronger, reducing their own chances in the process.
A noble decision by the club’s chairman, but one which will leave many Spurs fans with a lingering question related to Adebayor; how much does he want to fight for this football club?
Adebayor could have left Tottenham yesterday to join a side where he would have played week in and week out on loan and he probably could have kept his current wage deal in the process.
However, he finds himself as a vice-captain in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad as Tottenham stare at a very important next few months.
When he’s in the mood, he offers Tottenham’s attack a brand of striker that no one else in the squad can copy.
He can bully any defence, but it will be interesting to judge his motivation over the next few weeks, after the club reportedly stopped him from leaving.
If he fights, shows passion and works hard when he’s given chances in the first team by Pochettino, then that’s all fans want to see and his relationship will be repaired to a certain extent with them.
However, if he looks lethargic, lazy and disinterested, it places more pressure on Harry Kane at the top of the team and Roberto Soldado, who has endured his own well publicised struggles since moving to the club.
He has an opportunity to get his teeth stuck into a fresh opportunity at the club and if he’s given the chance, he needs to make the most of it.