Why Emmanuel Adebayor to West Ham could be the shrewdest move of the summer

Emmanuel Adebayor

The Hammers are reportedly close to sealing a season-long loan deal for the Tottenham striker.

Not many things about Emmanuel Adebayor’s career to date have been predictable, aside from one constant thread – he loves a debut season.

The Togolese striker was slow to get going at Arsenal and it took until his third season to really start firing, where he managed an impressive combined total of 34 goals in 62 Premier League appearances in his third and fourth season with the Gunners, before sealing his switch to the Etihad.

His penchant for a strong debut campaign emerged in Manchester as he quickly settled into proceedings and bagged 14 goals in his 26 league outings before things went pear-shaped in his second term.

The 31-year old made just eight appearances and scored a solitary goal before being shipped out to Real Madrid for a six-month loan in January 2011.

Once in Spain, his new surroundings again seemed to energise him and he managed a respectable 5 goals in 14 games before returning to England in the summer.

White Hart Lane was to be his next venue and he once again made a storming start in his new home, finishing a strong campaign with 17 league goals in 33 appearances.

In what has now become a cliché when discussing the enigmatic frontman, he failed to produce the goods in his second season after having earned his permanent move to Spurs.

The past two years have seen him frozen out by Andres Villas Boas and Mauricio Pochettino – with a brief Tim Sherwood love-in sandwiched in between – and he looks certain to hit the road once again.

West Ham are reportedly the front-runners for his signature and look set to benefit from another of his one-season wonder shows.

A season-long loan deal is the arrangement being touted by the likes of the Mirror, with Spurs even willing to subsidise part of his wages.

It is shaping up, for all intents and purposes, to be a win-win scenario for the East London club.

One the one hand, he arrives and fails to perform but didn't command a transfer fee and leaves in a year.

One the other, he gets the bit between his teeth once again, and shows up hell-bent on proving he can still cut the mustard in the Premier League.

West Ham are in desperate need of reinforcements up top and proven, Premier League goalscorers aren't easy to come by - particularly those that don't require a transfer fee and have their wages partly-covered.

David Gold and David Sullivan should bite off Spurs' hand to get this deal done, and take a risk-free punt on one of football's 'riskiest' propositions.

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