Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe - will they return? [Photo: Jav The_Doc_66]

Tottenham Hope Emmanuel Adebayor Shows True Form In 2013-14 Season


Oh Emmanuel. To say our relationship has been somewhat temperamental would be a rather large understatement. From your goal against Wolves on your debut, lifting us out of a barren run of form to nonchalantly planting yourself on one end of the pitch for most of last season. Then out of the blue you turned up and produced a 40yard dash and with a worldly finesse shot past the stranded Petr Cech to prolong our inevitably futile Champions League dreams.

Article written by Charlie Bee

Emmanuel Adebayor’s first season was great. Under the somewhat more lassez-faire Redknapp, the Togolese target man shot to prominence firing in 18 goals in all competitions – a healthy return for a player we had on loan, a record only bettered in terms of goals-games at the time by Jurgen Klinsmann. If his first season was a footballing blockbuster his second was rather more ‘Raziak’ in its undertones.

However his drop in form can sort of be accounted for. He signed late-on (Again) courtesy of Levy’s penny-pinching tactics, took a while to adapt to the new formation, went off to the AFCON and was overshadowed completely by Gareth Bale. The new formation actually largely accounts for such a dip in performance. As the head striker in our 4-2-3-1 his role was much more hold-up based than a lethal finisher. Just look at <Ahem> Grant Holt for a similar justification.

The Norwich striker scored an impressive 15 Premier League goals in his first season in the top flight, a statistic made even more impressive by the fact that he was a substitute for large portions of the first half of the season. Hell, there was even shouts of an England call up for him (Who says English football is in decline?). As Lambert departed, Hughton placed less of a focus on the striker and tried to deploy a more ‘all round’ aspect to Norwich’s play. It’s hard to comment on whether it worked or not, because well, it’s Norwich and nobody really watches them play.

A comparison to Grant Holt probably doesn’t put you in the greatest stead when trying to prove your point, but it’s clear Adebayor is the closest match to a technically proficient striker we have… This side of £20million. The fact of the matter remains that we do need another striker – or two. But let’s settle for one for now and see how Levy handles that. Surprisingly it’s David Villa that appeals the most, even above Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. For a much more modest price tag we’re getting a player who sits in the same mould as a Van Der Vaart or a Klinsmann. Whilst it would likely only be a couple of years of gracing our turf, Villa reeks of footballing genius and it would be one of sheer footballing genius. Given his relatively modest price tag in comparison to the astronomical figures mentioned with Benteke, there would be room to perhaps get the young Croatian, Ante Rebic on board and put him through our youth system, nurturing him into a top striker in the same way we took Luka Modric from a relative unknown to benchwarmer at Madrid. Step up.

Even Fernando Torres, a player whose price tag and weekly wages make you appreciate Adebayor all the more, struggled to adapt to the new way of playing at Chelsea and continues to do so. Whilst we hardly have the funds that Abramovich does to simply go out and buy a whole new fleet of creative midfielders to assist Adebayor it can be said that he is no longer the focus of the team. Previously when Van Der Vaart occupied the CF berth he was much more creative, combined with Modric from deep – whereas with Bale he’s much more centralised in his focus. To score. That’s by no means a negative but you can see how Adebayor’s role has changed, from a goal scorer to a hold up player.

If AVB could get him back on form, not only would he prove himself to be a proficient man-manager with even the most stubborn players, something which haunted his spell at Chelsea prior to moving to us, but he’d also save us a significant portion of our transfer budget. We awarded Kyle Walker and Scott Parker with time to adapt, why where we so harsh on Ade? Whether you love him, or hate him it remains that Adebayor is a Spurs player for the forseeable future and so we have no choice but too pray to the footballing gods that his Redknapp form returns. Forever.

Tags: David Villa Emmanuel Adebayor Gareth Bale Soccer Tottenham Hotspur

  • Tony Borg

    Get rid of him we don’t want him here next season.

    • Logan Holmes

      He will not be easy to get rid of with his salary and the transfer fee that DL will want for him. One of Adebayor and Defoe may go but Defoe could be easier to sell.

      • sheikh352

        Approximately 100,000 pounds per week of his current salary is still being met by Manchester City. The agreement was that, for the first 2 years of his 4 year contract, Man City would pay the majority of his wages. The salary becomes a problem (for us) in years 3 and 4, should he remain with the Club.

        • Logan Holmes

          Surely, it would be a problem if Spurs try to sell him. Will the clause where Man City pay part of his wages not become null and void if he leaves WHL?

          • sheikh352

            I don’t know, Logan – but it would not be a Tottenham responsibility to make up any shortfall. It would be a matter for the player and his new club to sort out, together, or with Manchester City.

          • sheikh352

            The problem is, he wants his employer (whoever it is) to meet the cost of the projects he has obligated himself to in Togo. In a sense, he has over-committed above his current worth. We were trying to sell him to Fenerbahce – but since then, that Club has been hit with a 2-year European ban for involvement in match-fixing and it is problematic whether they would want to pay his wages without any prospect of Champions League money coming in. We can but hope…

          • Logan Holmes

            It’ll be a matter of wait and see who’s interested for Spurs and hope that he can reach agreement with that club. It’s not something that’s going to happen quickly then…. Thanks.

          • sheikh352

            I agree – and I think that’s the plan. Of course, AVB could have a complete change of mind,before the transfer window closes. We shall see…

          • Logan Holmes

            At least that would help Tottenham should another club be interested this summer.

      • Tony Borg

        Give him away and get him off the wage bill, easy enough for you?

        • Logan Holmes

          That’s not going to happen – DL will want some return om his money.

          • sheikh352

            Tony – you are the idiot. Maybe the most stupid person to comment on this site. HOW CAN YOU GIVE AWAY SOMEONE WHO IS CONTRACTED TO YOU IF HE DOESN’T WANT TO GO? We are OBLIGATED to Adebayor until he AGREES to leave OR until his contract expires. That is the case UNLESS he breaches his contract and creates the situation where he can be dismissed. I didn’t want to get personal – but I simply cannot allow you to insult me and not respond – you just have not grasped the reality. It has nothing at all to do with how well Adebayor plays or doesn’t play. I am just as critical of his effort as you are (if you don’t believe me, go through the Prediction League posts in “not606″ – there is one there, somewhere, in which I criticise him for only playing when he wants a contract. That said, PLEASE get a grip. I am telling you the situation BECAUSE it IS the situation. What you are talking about is what you would LIKE to happen. MAKING it so, is a lot less easy than you might imagine. The best solution would be to find a Club willing to take him AND for him being prepared to go there. If he is not prepared to go, then, short of leaving him in reserves or on the bench, there’s not a lot that can be done.

          • Tony Borg

            Let me tell you Sheikh, I am no idiot far from it, you can be sure Adebayor will not be at Spurs next season, he knows if he stays he will be fourth choice striker next season third at best, he will probably be used in some kind of swap deal to bring Benteke to WHL, or some other striker who wants to play for us and not just sit around picking up a wage for doing sweet FA.

          • Guest

            I am not opposed to him leaving – far from it…and if a deal could be done for Benteke or Yilmaz, I would be made up. What you have to remember, though, is that he was relegated to FIFTH choice at Man City and, rather than jump at the chance to move to WHL permanently, having been so successful in his loan season, he dug his heels in and refused to budge while the debate over money went on – even though he was forced to train with the Academy kids. It is as simple as that. The reason he wanted a 2 year deal at Spurs, rather than a 4 year deal, was to enable him to pick up an extra signing on bonus after the second year. Levy insisted on one contract for four years and THAT is the limiting factor, the millstone around our neck. Adebayor is the worst player to offer the challenge of “football over money” to – because money wins every time. I am sure he would love to play and if that means moving, he would love to move – but INLY if he can extract every last penny from the club he departs AND the one he moves to. Unless someone comes up with the gold, he will sit where he is. Having said that, if he could play for us as he did in the Chelsea game, we would finish in the top three. We are already putting together the best back – 8 in the league and with a fired-up Adebayor AND Gareth Bale in front of them, there is no team we would have to fear. A nominal line-up of: Lloris; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, de la Bella; Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, Bale, Adebayor, Villa – would terrify anyone.

          • sheikh352

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            I am not opposed to him leaving – far from it…and if a deal could
            be done for Benteke or Yilmaz, I would be made up. What you have to
            remember, though, is that he was relegated to FIFTH choice at Man City
            and, rather than jump at the chance to move to WHL permanently, having
            been so successful in his loan season, he dug his heels in and refused
            to budge while the debate over money went on – even though he was forced
            to train with the Academy kids. It is as simple as that. The reason
            he wanted a 2 year deal at Spurs, rather than a 4 year deal, was to
            enable him to pick up an extra signing on bonus after the second year.
            Levy insisted on one contract for four years and THAT is the limiting
            factor, the millstone around our neck. Adebayor is the worst player to
            offer the challenge of “football over money” to – because money wins
            every time. I am sure he would love to play and if that means moving,
            he would love to move – but ONLY if he can extract every last penny from
            the club he departs AND the one he moves to. Unless someone comes up
            with the gold, he will sit where he is. Having said that, if he could
            play for us as he did in the Chelsea game, we would finish in the top
            three. We are already putting together the best back – 8 in the league
            and with a fired-up Adebayor AND Gareth Bale in front of them, there is
            no team we would have to fear. A nominal line-up of: Lloris; Walker,
            Kaboul, Vertonghen, de la Bella; Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, Bale,
            Adebayor, Villa – would terrify anyone.

            message…

        • sheikh352

          You don’t understand how contracts work. At OUR insistence, Adebayor signed a 4-year deal (he wanted 2 years – presumably, so that he could ensure another big signing on fee, were he to sign for another two). Ditching him, without selling him does NOT get him off the wage bill. If anything, it makes matters worse because we’d have to pay him off. There are three years and two months left on his contract. The final 24 months are our sole responsibility. The next 14 months, if we can’t sell him, are shared with Man City – and they are paying the lion’s share. It was all spelled out last year…

          • Tony Borg

            I know exactly how contracts work you idiot, I’m saying give him to another club on a free, off the wage, bill out of our club, no longer our problem, UNDERSTAND ???

      • Tony Borg

        As for selling Defoe, you must be mad.

        • Logan Holmes

          I’m not suggesting selling Defoe but saying that if one of the two strikers were to go he may be the easier one to sell even though he has only scored one goal in 2013.

    • Akin Shenbanjo

      We should get rid of you as a Spurs fan!

      • Tony Borg

        You’re obviously not a Spurs fan, You must be a Gooner cause you ain’t got a clue.

  • Øystein Svensen

    Ade in form would be great and 15 + goals is very welcome, I like that player (when with Spurs)!

    • Logan Holmes

      You’re right there – if he could reproduce his best form he would be an undoubted asset for Spurs. Unfortunately, he only found it in the last few weeks of last season. I can’t understand how some fans dismiss Adebayor as not being good enough for Tottenham.

      • Tony Borg

        Because he’s not.

        • Logan Holmes

          A player capable of scoring 15+ goals a season in PL, not good enough for Spurs?

          Rasiak, Booth, Rebrov, Postiga and others I can accept but it seems strange to say that about Adebayor. He didn’t show his true form last year but then Torres hasn’t for past number of seasons.

  • sheikh352

    How can you say his late signing was because of Levy? Levy and City agreed a fee well before he came. Levy also reached agreement with City over the subsidizing of Adebayor’s extraordinary salary. The delay was purely down to a dispute between the player and his club and revolved around the issue of “loyalty payments” the player felt were his due. He argued that City should pay him 100% of the fee that Spurs paid for him. City did not feel inclined to do so. That the saga dragged on was NOT down to Levy, as the payment of any – or no – bonuses was a contractual manager between Adebayor and his employers, at the time – Manchester City. It’s annoying to read inaccurate reporting.

    • Tony Borg

      loyalty payments, Don’t make me laugh, since when has Adebayor been loyal to anyone? Get rid of him we DON’T WANT HIM, he is a waste of space.

      • sheikh352

        You’re kicking the messenger, mate. I’m just telling you the TRUTH, not some BS to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. IF you don’t know what went on, last Summer, you have an incredibly short attention span.

        • Tony Borg

          You must be on drugs mate. I went to more games than you last season, I know that and every game he played he was crap apart from the Chelsea away game because he wanted another season doing nothing getting £100,000 a week.

      • Akin Shenbanjo

        I am not sure what you were watching mate, you glass of larger or football?

    • Logan Holmes

      The late completion of his signing did have and adverse effect on his form even if it was down to the player. He had little pre-season preparation and had a stop-start beginning to his time second period at WHL with injury, internationals and suspension.