With Edin Dzeko set to move to Manchester City, Emmanuel Adebayor’s first team opportunities will be even more limited than they already are at Eastlands. Tottenham, West Ham and even Real Madrid have been linked with the 26 year old, but Sky Sports believe that Liverpool have also enquired about the services of the striker. Considering his high wages and a big fee that would be demanded, a move to the Reds would most probably be a temporary loan until the end of the season. With the Reds needing a striker, it seems an interesting prospect, but is Adebayor the type of player Liverpool need at the moment?
To some extent it is actually disappointing that a move from Manchester City to Liverpool is a possibility. After all, in years gone by, City would have seen the Reds as rivals at the top of the table but with the Manchester club 14 points ahead of Liverpool, and with the Reds all but out of the race for a top four spot, let alone the Premier League title, City obviously feel that the Merseyside club are no longer a big enough threat, to allow some of their players to leave for Anfield.
It is kind of dispiriting to see Liverpool being constantly linked with other Premier League club’s rejects but with while we lie in mid table; we must at least consider some of these options. The prospect of Adebayor at Anfield is a difficult one to debate. On the hand, Liverpool are in desperate need of a striker and somebody like Adebayor who has a good aerial presence and can hold up the ball would be an excellent addition to the team. He would certainly prove a better choice than Carlton Cole. As well as being a good foil for Fernando Torres, he would also contribute his fair share of goals, taking the onus off Steven Gerrard and Torres.
These are the positives but Emmanuel Adebayor certainly has a great many negatives as well. He is perceived as a somewhat disruptive figure in the dressing rooms at both Arsenal and City. At the Gunners, Arsene Wenger seemed to be pretty willing to let him go for £25million to City, despite his undoubted ability, while in Manchester, even as recently as today, he was rumoured to have had a training ground bust up with Kolo Toure.
Especially with Liverpool in as difficult times as they are at the moment, would adding the 26 year old to an already down dressing room be a good idea? With some of the players seemingly low on confidence as they are, would the combination of this and the notoriously confrontational Adebayor be a good mix? The striker is prone to having arguments with team-mates at the best of times, but if things are going poorly, won’t frustrations boil over even more?
In Liverpool’s current mid-table position, they certainly need players with his ability, but they also need players with the right attitude. Hopefully, if a move was made for Adebayor, the striker would come here to be positive and prove the doubters at City wrong. He could become a very good signing, but with the 26 year old, there is always the other possibility and that he could lower team spirit in a team that really needs to be high on morale at the moment. Do the pros outweigh the cons for you?
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