Sunderland, Allardyce, and Emmanuel Adebayor: A perfect match to save their season?

Emmanuel Adebayor

Should Sunderland make a move for former Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor?

Sam Allardyce has his feet under the table at Sunderland, and is considering adding to his squad.

He confirmed at his press conference this week he was interested in signing free agent midfielder Kevin Nolan, reported The Guardian.

Well why stop there? Allardyce tried hard to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor in January for West Ham, only to be thwarted by Tottenham who did not want to loan him to a rival.

Adebayor is now without a club after his release from Spurs in early September, and Allardyce could be wise to take a look at the controversial striker.

Allardyce told SkySports of his frustration at not being able to land the former Manchester City and Arsenal man earlier this year.

He said: "If you see where he has gone and his initial impact at where he has been would be that he comes into a football club and scores goals on a regular basis.

"Any player with the ability that he has got is my kind of player. Particularly with a relatively good goalscoring record. There can be the odd blip that happens with a player of his character but sometimes you deal with that as a manager."

The Togo striker has even played alongside Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe previously, at Tottenham, with Adebayor dropping deep to work as a target man to allow Defoe to play off him at the tip of the attack.

Former Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel told The Guardian in 2012 after the duo had demolished Panathaniakos in the Europa League: "When we have played with two up front, Jermain has really thrived on it, as he can save his energy for when he is inside the box. That is when it really matters for us."

Defoe even told The BBC back in 2012 when Adebayor signed: "There was a lot of speculation that he was coming and I just thought to myself 'please let it happen' because he's a great player.

"He can do everything. Him being there [against Wolves] freed me up a bit because it allowed me to drop deep, get on the ball and beat players so it was good."

It seems like a no-brainer, but there is more in play than just football. What remains to be seen is Adebayor's desire to play, still a free agent, and as his Instagram page shows, currently holidaying in Ghana.

He has not started a Premier League game for over a year, and so his ability to get up to speed right away may be questionable, and then there is the large issue of wages but if he can recapture his form and hit it off with Defoe again, it could be the sort of masterstroke to save Sunderland's season which Allardyce needs.

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