I appreciate that this opinion may not be held in high regard from Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur fans, but hear me out.
At the moment Emmanuel Adebayor is rotting away on the Spurs bench, and who is that suiting? - Nobody.
Tottenham have a highly paid player in their squad who is doing little more than keeping fit by having a kick-about with the youngsters. A substitute appearance in the humiliating defeat by Manchester City – the club who kicked him out prior to his White Hart Lane career – was his first competitive action since May.
At 29-years-old, the striker himself, regardless of how much money he is being paid, should be hungry to enjoy a successful few seasons in his prime which he just isn’t getting under Andre Villas-Boas. Whether it was a falling out between the pair or just an issue with competition for places, it hasn’t been a happy partnership full-stop.
If Adebayor speaks fact when he claims to be at rock-bottom then the next logical step would be to make a move before he loses too much of his fitness and reputation. For all of the stick that he receives there’s no doubting that on his day he can be a ‘terrific footballer’; as his former boss Harry Redknapp would say.
So where should this terrific footballer go, he still has the talent to win a title. No, not the Championship title; not even Redknapp, football’s equivalent of the Bargain Hunt king David Dickinson, could wheel a deal to bring him to QPR.
The tall target-man still has it in him to win a major title, so far he only has a Copa del Ray to his name from a loan-stint at Real Madrid, where he was well-received I might add. I think he can win the Premier League title.
And which contenders in England could do with a bit of back-up? – His old club Arsenal of course.
Currently the Gunners have only Nicklas Bendtner to support Olivier Giroud up front, let that sink-in a moment as I daren’t need expand on this. It’s not really the recipe for success, and even the fiercest of Arsenal fans – not Piers Morgan – would surely have to agree with that.
However, it’s fair to say that Adebayor isn’t exactly on the Christmas card list of many supporters of the Emirates Stadium outfit; it was an unceremonious departure and the situation was further worsened the Gunner of three years ran the length of the pitch to celebrate a goal against his old fans while at Manchester City.
It might not be an easy reintegration but Emile Heskey had an 11-year international career so in football anything is possible.
The more beady-eyed reader will have noticed that I claimed Adebayor is wasting his career as back-up at The Lane so what would be the point in him moving across North London to sit on a different bench.
This is where Adebayor can win Arsenal the title. He is a better all-round player than Giroud; the current first-choice man.
With Arsenal’s plethora of creative-midfield talent in players like Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey mixed with the pace out wide of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski, when fit, they need someone tall up top, somebody who can hold up the ball and link the two parts of Arsenal’s midfield together.
Adebayor, like Giroud, ticks that box but even better than the Frenchman. For such a tall-guy the 29-year-old is actually really good with the ball at his feet, more creative and confident than Giroud who can look a little clumsy at times.
Giroud, though, is brilliant in the air, probably just better than Adebayor. However, there hasn’t been too many times this season where heading has been necessary. We know that Arsene Wenger has his team playing football on the ground and Adebayor suits that better.
Arsenal are more likely to win the Premier League with Adebayor in their XI than they are with Giroud.
Surely this is a deal that can be done if the two sides put aside their likely, and understandable, distaste of doing business with each other. Tottenham’s financially sensible owner Daniel Levy will be looking to have the Togo striker off his wage bill no matter what and we all know that Wenger isn’t massively comfortable with spending huge amounts of cash so there is definitely a deal to be done.
One would just have to hope that Adebayor has the desire; if he does it could be something out of a film where the ‘baddie’ become the ‘goodie’ by lifting a dark oppression from the land that he originally deserted. In this case that oppression is the trophy drought that hangs over The Emirates Stadium like a dark cloud….
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