Taking a chance on Emmanuel Adebayor is always going to be a gamble.
The striker has had countless opportunities in his career, but seems to have a gift for alienating managers and fans alike.
Having left Crystal Palace in the summer following a woeful spell which saw him score just one goal, the 32-year-old looked on the verge of joining Lyon in recent days.
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Ligue 1 might not be as highly-rated as the Premier League, but that would still have been a decent move considering Adebayor can't buy a new club for love nor money.
There's just one problem. The Togolese forward actually made a lot of effort - first time for everything - to fly from his native country all the way to France to seal the deal with Lyon - only to be told coach Bruno Genesio didn't want him.
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That's according to France-based journalist Matt Spiro, who tweeted:
It sounds pretty brutal, but then again, you can understand where Lyon are coming from. Falling out with Arsenal, Manchester City, and Tottenham takes some doing, particularly by admitting that he was happy to earn his wages from the bench.
This is just the latest twist in the downwards trajectory of Adebayor's career, and it wouldn't be all that surprising if he failed to find a club at all, at least not one in Europe.
Even Mario Balotelli found someone to take him on eventually, but there are some interesting parallels between the two. A pair of naturally prolific strikers who seem to have squandered their talent, Adebayor should perhaps serve as a cautionary tale to younger players, but there will probably be many more like him.
Ade left frustrated
What will be particularly frustrating for the forward is that as late as Friday, it looked as if his move to Lyon was a done deal - allowed outside of the transfer window, of course, because he doesn't have a club. The French side need a free agent, so they have limited options, but even they consider this too big a risk.
Coach Genesio had said that he planned to speak to him, so it would've been great to be a fly on the wall for that conversation now that he's changed his mind.
"I have many things to ask him, including about his last experience with Crystal Palace," he had said, as per the Daily Mail.
"I want to know about his form and his motivations for wanting to join us. I also need to know more about his physical level."
It sounds as if Adebayor only has himself to blame.
Does Adebayor deserve another chance? Would he be a good signing? Have your say in the comments.
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