Merson: 'Different class' Adebayor won't get a game at Tottenham

Emmanuel Adebayor

Paul Merson does not believe Emmanuel Adebayor was right to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, and should have joined QPR.

Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain Emmanuel Adebayor's future was a hot-topic of discussion on transfer deadline day, only for the striker to remain at the club.

The BBC reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy blocked a move to West Ham for the striker, while ITV claimed Adebayor himself snubbed a move to relegation threatened QPR.

The Togolese international has fallen behind Harry Kane in the pecking order in recent months, and former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes he was wrong to snub the chance to go and play regularly at Loftus Road.

He told SkySports' deadline day coverage: "He's not playing football, why wouldn't he want to go and play for QPR?

"He wants to sit on the bench at Spurs, he won't play at Tottenham. I'm not even the manager at Tottenham and I know he won't be playing. If they (QPR) could get him it would enhance their chances of staying up. The lad is different class."

So will Adebayor get a game?

Ignoring Merson's frankly frightening quip about managing Tottenham, to suggest Adebayor won't play is taking the hyperbole over the striker's situation a bit far.

The fact Levy blocked a move to rivals West Ham speaks volumes about how even the Spurs chairman rates him as a potential game changer, if he can get his head right.

Tottenham do not have a lot of back-up for breakthrough star Kane, with Roberto Soldado equally as unimpressive.

With Europa League games and the Premier League to balance, along with the Capital One Cup Final, Spurs need all three, and they will get their chance to play a part.

Adebayor may have got more starts at QPR, but there's still a strong chance he can play a valuable role between now and the end of the season, and restore his own reputation in the process.

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