Aston Villa have been linked with the Tottenham Hotspur striker and a move would give Tim Sherwood the chance to work wonders with him again.
According to a report from the Independent, Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to offer Emmanuel Adebayor in part-exchange in the race for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, and surely – whatever the future holds for the Belgian international – that would be the best move for the Togo forward.
Villa manager Tim Sherwood clearly ‘gets’ Adebayor, as demonstrated by the player’s resurgence when the former was in charge at White Hart Lane.
Having been overlooked by former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas Adebayor burst back onto the scene in unbelievable fashion, looking like a player reborn under Sherwood and scoring 14 goals in just 25 appearances in the process.
That is what the player is capable of, and while it has not been seen since – with just two goals and one assist in the following campaign under Mauricio Pochettino – that is no reason to suggest Sherwood cannot get him back to his best again.
Whatever happens regarding Benteke, Villa are the right club for Adebayor, with Sherwood best placed to inspire a renaissance in the 31-year-old for far longer than a six-month period.
With 14 goals and five assists in the second half of the 2013/2014 campaign, the Togo international proved to be a regular and highly-effective threat and Villa will need that next season, with or without Benteke.
Tottenham clearly do not need him given how rarely he featured last season, and if he can find a new home at Villa Park, it could well be the best option for all concerned.