The latest on the Tosin Adarabioyo to Tottenham rumours have the Fulham centre-back moving to N17, with Eric Dier heading west to Craven Cottage.
Adarabioyo has been linked to Spurs since the start of the current transfer window. However, one irreconcilable issue perpetuates.
The player does not want to play for Tottenham. There is nothing more decisive than that. It’s an impassable roadblock, like a fallen lorry splayed across every lane.
If the player is dead set against the prospective landing spot, like Adarabioyo is, the potential transfer is finished before it gets started, like a 100-metre sprinter who jumps the gun twice.
The 25-year-old central defender was steadfast on a move to Monaco. Unfortunately for him, the deal between Fulham and Monaco fell apart near the finish line. While better than being disqualified for two false starts, getting near the finish line without crossing it yields the same outcome.
Dier and Adarabioyo have a year left in the current deals. The latter is keen on a move away from Craven Cottage and has been since he started receiving interest from various clubs.
Tottenham’s stalwart was against a move until recently. That narrative, however, has since shifted.
Dier takes a lot of flack from a large section of supporters. Combine that with his precipitous free-fall down Tottenham’s pecking order, and you can understand the Englishman’s change of heart.
While Dier is certainly amenable to the right move, this is not it. Adarabioyo has made it clear that he does not want to play for Tottenham.
The feeling is mutual.
You can’t force a player to join your team, nor do you want to. Messing with the current feel-good factor in Tottenham’s locker room would be tantamount to treason during the Medieval period.
Leave well enough alone, and let’s collectively move on from this dead-end rumour. We have more important things to discuss, like how in the world we will trim our excess fat in the coming week.