Could Villa be dodging a bullet if they miss out on Adebayor?

Reports are suggesting the 31-year-old may not be moving to Aston Villa after all.

According to the Birmingham Mail - among others - Aston Villa could be set to miss out on the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor.

For whatever reason, the experienced Togolese forward doesn't appear any nearer to completing his much-discussed move to Villa Park. And the reasons suggested, of course, all portray a striker not really displaying the requisite commitment to come on board at the Midlands club.

One reason offered is that the striker fears a relegation battle. Another is money (obviously). And a third is the fact Adebayor is unwilling to relocate.

When the 31-year-old was at the top of his game under Tim Sherwood the season before last, it really was a freak run of form. The stars alligned and the big striker showed what he is capable of.

But the delay in negotiations and the increasingly frequent reports suggesting he isn't really that bothered about joining Aston Villa imply his mindset isn't anywhere near where it was when he found that hot streak under Sherwood the last time.

Adebayor is controversial enough on form but an Adebayor that isn't up for the fight isn't a player worth having. Could Aston Villa, then, be dodging a bullet if they end up missing out on the forward?

The problem with any new manager is that he brings both the good and the bad in terms of his favourites. For all the good Sherwood has brought to Villa, his former striker is someone the club can certainly do without.

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