After a disappointing season at White Hart Lane last year, the general consensus of opinion during the summer has been that Emmanuel Adebayor would be leaving Tottenham. Recent comments by Adebayor suggest that he is preparing for life away from Spurs.
Twelve months ago Adebayor completed his transfer from Manchester City after protracted negotiations lasting throughout the summer. The previous season, while on loan with Spurs he had been an integral part of the team which finished the season in fourth place, just missing out on third. He failed to reproduce the form or application last year and apart for a few encouraging displays in the final games of the season he had been an anonymous and peripheral member of the squad under Andre Villas-Boas.
Tottenham’s search for a striker and the signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia was an indication that Adebayor’s time at Spurs could be coming to and end. Soldado has scored in all four matches he’s played in and has shown a desire to be involved in all aspects of the game – linking with midfield as well as holding up play and working back to defend when necessary. Soldado’s contribution in recent games has clearly illustrated what Spurs were missing last season. The writing has been on the wall for Adebayor and possibly Jermain Defoe for some time and if Spurs can complete the signing of another striker, probably Erik Lamela from Roma, in the next week, either or both of last year’s strikers could be leaving the club.
Preparing For A Move
There have been reports of interest in signing Adebayor from Besiktas earlier in the transfer window but nothing was finalised and there was uncertainty over the Turkish club’s position regarding a ban from European competitions imposed by UEFA for match fixing as SkySports reported. The club were reported to have been in discussions with Spurs but were unable to reach agreement with the player on his salary.
In a recent interview with Turkishfootball.com Adebayor denied he would be joining the Turkish club. Adebayor stated that he was unlikely to move to Turkey but that there were a number of clubs which were interested in signing him. The determining factors would be whether he wanted to play for them and that he would like to play in England. He expects to come to a decision soon which suggests that there could be movement in the coming days before the transfer window closes on 2nd September..
“I don’t think I’ll be going to Turkey. There are clubs who want me however and what is important is whether I want to play for them or not. My priority is to play in England, I am happy here and in contact with clubs who want me. I will reveal who I’ll be playing for in the near future.”
The comments by Adebayor will be to Tottenham’s liking as Adebayor appears to be outside Andre Villas-Boas’ plans as he creates his own team at White Hart Lane and looks to build a strong, powerful and committed team which has started the season with three consecutive wins.