Tottenham are looking to make Emmanuel Adebayor’s loan-move permanent this summer with a bid of around £8million and wages of £100,000. The Togo international has been one of Harry Redknapp’s key players this season and has been instrumental in their current standing in the league table. With his future unclear at Manchester City, Adebayor is said to favour a stay in the capital, but only if Spurs can offer him an attractive wage package.
The striker, who despite his talents on the field, has created a reputation for himself as somewhat of a journeyman in recent years, turning out for four different clubs in three years. But while he has played a significant role in Tottenham’s good fortune on the pitch this season, is Adebayor really the player Spurs want to raise their wage ceiling for? A player who has disappointed so many times in the past, especially Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal, there’s got to be some concern that the player will at some point grow tired of his stay at White Hart Lane and simply give up the chase.
The club’s growth in stature and position in the Premier League since Redknapp has taken over has been hugely impressive. He’s brought his eye for a bargain in the transfer window to White Hart Lane and made the club a powerful player both domestically and during their season in the Champions League. There’s no question that Daniel Levy will want to build on the achievements of recent seasons and firmly cement Spurs in the top four in England and a regular in the top tier of European football. The strides towards keeping hold of Luka Modric have been positive, and there’s every reason Gareth Bale will want to stay at the club beyond this summer. So with a seemingly wider market with which to shop, why would Spurs want a player who is known to cause problems in the past in Emmanuel Adebayor.
His break-out season in England during the 2007/08 season was an impressive stamp of his authority on English football. A younger alternative to Didier Drogba, who could bully opposition defenders and find the back of the net with relative ease. His goal in the North London Derby at White Hart Lane that season was an eye-opener to just how far the player had come since he arrived at Arsenal. But for all his positives that season, Adebayor became a hated figure at Arsenal and a scapegoat—one of a few—who, despite his sizeable pay rise, simply did not want to put in a shift.
The player had been denied a big money move to either Barcelona or AC Milan, and rightfully so. Arsene Wenger wanted to do all he could to keep one of his star players at the club and build on the positive steps made the season prior. Daniel Levy did the same this past summer with Luka Modric, and, despite being noticeably down over a failed move to Chelsea, the Croatian continues to put in good performances for the club paying his wages. That was not to be the case for Adebayor, as an absolutely woeful performance against Manchester United at the Emirates signalled the end of his stay at Arsenal. A backhand to the club who were giving him around £100,000 following one good season, and a telling tale of what kind of player Adebayor was.
Tottenham’s meteoric rise up the table has been one of the fairytale stories of the past few seasons, and there is an exceptional foundation with which to continue to build a strong squad for the long-term. The problem is, Adebayor is not the ideal candidate with which to spearhead an ambitious club for three or four years. He’s shown in the past where his allegiances lie—the zeros on his paycheque—and he doesn’t care who gives it to him.
His performances this season for Tottenham are all too familiar: he performed heroically for Arsenal in the past, turned in a number of good performances for the first few months of his time at Manchester City, and even did reasonably well when called upon during his time at Real Madrid. The 30 goals scored in the 2007/08 season is unlikely to be replicated; and from Tottenham’s point of view, a team who have strictly adhered to their wage ceiling, the Togolese striker does not represent value for money and should certainly not be at the head of the list to become the first £100,000 player at Spurs.
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