The January transfer window deadline day was hyped up like a heavyweight world title fight and in the end, it failed to live up to expectations. One of the players who was at the centre of intense speculation, ending up going nowhere and contributing to the disappointment, was Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togo striker is a fascinating figure. The man boasts undoubted talent but his off the field problems, time and time again, makes everyone wonder why exactly he is in such high demand.
Arsene Wenger introduced Adebayor to the Premier League in January 2006, after a move from French side Monaco. Adebayor was afforded the nickname ‘Baby Kanu’ due to his likeness of the Nigerian former Gunners striker.
After a slow start to life in north London, Adebayor went on to score 46 goals in 104 appearances and he subsequently moved on to Manchester City in the summer of 2009.
The controversy begins
After scoring in his first three games, Adebayor netted in his fourth appearance for City, against former club Arsenal in a 4-2 win for the Citizens. However, then Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie accused his former teammate of intentionally kicking him in the face and Adebayor was consequently banned for three games due to violent conduct.
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The controversy did not end there, as Adebayor chose to celebrate his goal by running the length of the field to celebrate in front of his former fans. Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas also accused Adebayor of attempting to slap and stamp on them respectively in an ill-tempted game.
After Roberto Mancini’s arrival at City, he revealed that Adebayor was no longer part of his plans and the striker surprised many by completing a loan move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for the rest of the season.
Scoring eight goals in 22 appearances, Adebayor found himself in hot water yet again when he was fined £300,000 for refusing to train with reserve and youth teams after he was omitted from Madrid’s pre-season tour of America.
Life at Spurs
The Togo striker then joined his former clubs bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur on a season long loan. it was not long until Adebayor impressed Spurs enough to make the transfer permanent with a move after finishing the season as their top scorer with 18 goals.
Since making his stay at Tottenham permanent, Adebayor has been a frustrating figure for fans, citing bizarre reasons for extended absences on the pitch. Harry Kane has bulldozed his way to the top of the pecking order with 20 goals so far this season and even the misfiring Roberto Soldado ranks above Adebayor.
Deadline day drama
West Ham and QPR fans must be wondering just why they were so heavily linked with the troublesome Togolese forward. The reason might be that Adebayor seems to deliver as a player on-loan, fighting for a potential big money move to a new club. It is when he is settled and a permanent part of the furniture at a club when Adebayor gets complacent and goes off the boil.
It is believed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy blocked a loan move to West Ham, with just six points separating the rivals, adding to existing bad blood after the Hammers beat Tottenham to the Olympic Stadium.
Adebayor is thought to have turned down moves to both Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, perhaps not fancying a relegation scrap.
Spurs fans wanted him to move on and other teams were left not knowing how to feel about being so close to making a huge gamble. Adebayor may be one of the most frustrating talents to grace the Premier League but he is a fascinating figure nonetheless.