Why West Ham were right to turn down the chance to sign Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

West Ham rejected the chance to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day.

West Ham were linked with Adebayor for much of the summer, but they rejected the chance to sign him, as David Gold told talkSPORT he was ‘very expensive’ to bring to the Boleyn Ground.

Adebayor remained at Spurs past the deadline, and as he is unwilling to buy out the last year of his contract, Tottenham have a player on their hands for another season who will not play for the North London club.

West Ham may have considered signing Adebayor throughout the summer, but in the end, they made the right decision to drop their interest in the striker at the end of the window.

He would have been brought to the Hammers as a back-up striker, with the likes of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and even Andy Carroll ahead of him, whilst Nikica Jelavic was also brought in on deadline day to provide further cover.

Adebayor has shown during his time with Spurs he does not want to be a back-up option, and his less than stellar attitude in North London would have been simply transposed to East London if he was not guaranteed consistent football.

If no other forwards were brought to the club, and Adebayor was signed as a player head coach Slaven Bilic would have used every week, then it would have made sense for the Irons to sanction his transfer.

However, in their current situation, with all options weighed up, ending their interest in the Togolese international could have been the best move West Ham made in the transfer window.

He would have disrupted the squad spirit fostered by Bilic in his short time in charge, and whilst an impressive player on paper, the baggage that comes with signing Adebayor is not worth the form he may have shown on the field of play - if he had even managed to get a game with all the options West Ham have ahead of him.

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