It's true Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the most disliked characters in English football. 

His antics in the past have lead many people to question him as a person, let alone a footballer. 

Very few will forget the goal celebration against Arsenal, or the temper tantrum he threw with the Gunners after being denied a move to AC Milan. 

Or how about the stamp on Van Persie's face that left the then Arsenal forward with a blooded head, or the stomp inflicted on Cesc Fabregas in the same match.

It's true he's no saint, and that match specifically demonstrated the best and worst of the Togo forward. 

For all the wrong he has done throughout his career, it's hard to forget how much influence he had in the goal he scored for City against Arsenal, and not just the finish. 

Demonstrating calm at the right time, strength and the movement to get into the right position before applying the finishing touch, and you know what happened next. 

So where is that player today?

The cold reality of the situation is that Adebayor plays when Adebayor feels like it. 

His 46 goals in 104 games for Arsenal seems like a long time ago now.

So too does his loan spell at Spurs under Harry Redknapp, which saw him return 17 goals in 33 games, not to mention 12 assists.

So what happened to the talent that clearly is in there somewhere?

It's quite simple. He's currently enjoying his contract, which runs until 2015.

The reason Adebayor seemingly only performs when a contract is on the table or a potential transfer is looming. 

Once the honeymoon period at a new club is over he seems to lose interest and as a result his performance's decay almost to the point of non-existence. 

Where was he last season you ask? I only remember the forward turning up for one match against Chelsea. Yet again, another prime example of what he can do when he applys himself. 

The problem Adebayor faces now is that he is third choice striker at Spurs, and yet to make a single appearance this season.

Roberto Soldado's £26m move was intended to solve the goal drought problem, but four goals so far this season, three of which were penalties, doesn't seem to be the solution for the North London club. 

It's no secret that several clubs are also on the look out for a striker at the moment. None of which I'd back to sign an unfit Adebayor. 

The frustrating thing is that in there somewhere is a potential 25 goal-a-season striker, who is currently rotting away in the reserves - but could be a star, for someone. 

So what now?

If the Togo forward is thinking about requesting a transfer, something needs to change. If he's thinking of breaking into Spurs first team, again, something needs to change. 

The bottom line is the striker needs to change, or face being left out in the cold for the remainder of his time in London.  

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