Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the most gifted strikers in the Premier League, but he also possesses one of the most difficult personalities in the top flight. The Togolese front man is capable of brilliance and can be unplayable at times; one just has to look at his performance in Manchester City’s 4-2 win over Arsenal at Eastlands last season. In the match Adebayor scored a goal and dominated the Gunner’s defence, but also clashed with Robin van Persie’s head and rushed over to the away end to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans, almost prompting a full blown riot in the process. Manchester City would have known they were getting this when they signed him, a match winner but also someone that can be a disruptive influence at the club. It has only taken one year at Eastlands before Adebayor is up to his old tricks, and Man City fans will probably not be best pleased with the striker’s recent comments.
Concerned at what he believes will be a lack of first team opportunities at Man City, Adebayor has spoken to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
He stated “I know there will not be many chances for me and so I am considering the many offers I have received. I will be sorry to leave the Premier League, but in Europe there are other top leagues. Juventus are a great club in which I would like to play for.”
This is not the sort of thing Man City fans or Roberto Mancini will want to hear. If Emmanuel Adebayor is worried about his lack of first team chances, he should be trying 100 per cent and performing to the best of his ability to make sure he is one of the first names on the team sheet. The galling fact for Man City fans is that Adebayor is more than capable of doing this if the inclination is there, but it appears as if it is not.
It is also questionable whether there is justification for Adebayor to be so worried about his place in the team. In fact Man City have already released a statement on Twitter regarding their plans for Adebayor this season.
“Take it from us everyone, despite reports, MCFC has no plans to sell Emmanuel Adebayor; our new no 9 for this season – and thats official.”
If Adebayor needed further encouragement there are other factors as well. As of yet Mancini has not signed a new striker this summer; the move for Inter’s Mario Balotelli now seems to have run out of steam. In the current squad Carlos Tevez is probably the first choice striker, but after that it would most likely be Emmanuel Adebayor. City played with two strikers last season and this duo was the preferred partnership, there is no real reason to think it will be massively different this season. Robinho is unlikely to stay at Man City, whilst Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz are also in the transfer frame.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s words are childish and they betray a distinct lack of team spirit in the player. Adebayor will have plenty of chances to play this season, but it is not up to the manager to guarantee him a place in the first eleven. Adebayor will need to perform and exert himself if he wants to play this season, but this should be taken as standard and not an optional extra as it appears Adebayor perceives it. The fact is that many Arsenal fans were not too sad to see Adebayor go to Man City last summer, as although he had doubtless ability, he also had a bad attitude that City fans are now bearing witness to.