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Emmanuel Adebayor left out of Tottenham's Premier League squad

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As news comes in that Emmanuel Adebayor has been omitted from Spurs' Premier League squad, as per BBC Sport, the Togo international looks set for life in the football wilderness.

There was a lifeline handed to the 2008 African Player of the Year as West Ham looked set to add him to the roster at Upton Park on the final day of the transfer window.

Unfortunately for the former Arsenal striker, however, West Ham chairman David Gold branded the player too expensive and the transfer petered out.

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So what now for Adebayor? Since Tottenham look set to cast him aside into darkness it seems he'll have no choice but to train and anticipate a move away from White Hart Lane in January.

But how has it come to this? Especially after his previously outstanding Premier League form for Arsenal, Manchester City and even Spurs?

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The answers are simply his disinterest and being overshadowed. Ever since his scintillating form for Arsenal during the 2008/2009 season which prompted a move to Manchester City for £25 million, it's all been downhill from there.

Of course, Adebayor's record of 15 goals in an overall 34 appearances for City is respectable, but the Togolese was never able to truly establish himself at the club.

This prompted the Sky Blues to loan him out to Real Madrid and then later Spurs where he impressed, scoring 17 goals in 33 league appearances. This convinced then-Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas to snap him up permanently in a £5 million deal.

Since then, however, the striker has scored just 18 in 59 - a record simply not good enough at the top level. And with the likes of Harry Kane rising up to the challenge and taking the Premier League by storm least season - albeit not so much this campaign - Adebayor's use has been deemed obsolete.

A story of inconsistency and being overshadowed by true stars such as Kane and Carlos Tevez, one can't help but wonder what the next step for Adebayor is.

The most likely would be a move abroad - likely back to France or even the USA - to live out the remainder of his playing days, or even perhaps a move lower down the Premier League.

That is, of course, unless he can somehow convince manager Mauricio Pochettino that he is worth a place in his side - one that is so far struggling in front of goal, let's remember.

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