Emmanuel Adebayor signed for Tottenham on 21 August 2012 from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £5 million.
However, after just one (permanent) season at Spurs, should the north London outfit let their misfiring striker leave?
Adebayor was signed on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell the previous season which yielded 18 goals (17 in the Premier League) and 12 assists in 37 appearances making him Spurs' top scorer that season.
At the time this seemed like another piece of clever business by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy considering Adebayor's high wages and previous affiliation with Arsenal, however this season has been far from fruitful for the Togolese hit-man.
Adebayor scored only five Premier League goals and provided only two assists the whole season. For a player who has played for previous clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid that is not a satisfactory return.
He has also had many off field problems this year. He has returned late from the African Cup of Nations. He had promised Spurs he would return for training on February 8, in order to be available for the Newcastle game the following day, he instead arrived at 6pm on a private jet that Spurs had chartered to get him back from Togo where he was celebrating with his teammates. For this he was subsequently fined by Spurs.
Despite these shortcomings, Adebayor clearly has the quality to be a top player for Spurs. The 2-2 draw with Chelsea was his best game of the season. He scored a screamer which put Spurs level and also provided the assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson's equaliser.
He also displayed good hold up play and took the pressure off the Spurs defence and showed he could lead the line on his own. The Chelsea performance was reminiscent of the Adebayor who had scored 18 goals the previous season.
This must frustrate many Spurs fans because had Adebayor played like that more frequently they might have finished above their north London rivals Arsenal and claimed a Champions League spot. Adebayor's poor form this season could also be attributed to his early injury problems at the start of the season.
In conclusion, it would be better if Spurs could get Adebayor off the wage bill and get a more consistent and reliable striker to lead the line. The Daily Mirror reports Adebayor could be part of a summer clear-out in order to bring fresh faces in and build a team around star player Gareth Bale.
Adebayor could leave Spurs to make a return to his former club Monaco who hold an interest in the player and with their new found wealth could afford his wages. This would be a good arrangement for both parties.
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