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What is the Future of Emmanuel Adebayor?

Emmanuel Adebayor celebra 002 What is the Future of Emmanuel Adebayor?

Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togolese striker who has endured his fair share of ups and downs, is at a fascinating point in his career. His career in England looks almost dead as his tenure with current club Manchester City has grown sour. He is now out of favor with Mancini, and the same negative feelings are likely shared by City.

After starting out well at Eastlands, his form started to dip which eventually led to him being dropped as a starter. In short order, the likes of Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli were chosen ahead of him. By January, Manchester City had no immediate need for him and had no choice but to let him go out on loan. Adebayor signed with Real Madrid for the rest of the season and had a mini-resurgence with the club after scoring 8 goals in 22 appearances.

Unfortunately for Adebayor, the season ended and he had to return to Manchester. It didn’t take long for things to turn ugly as he was denied being a part of the summer tour and was instead expected to show up to training with the rest of the squad. That’s where all hell broke loose as Adebayor realized that City had moved on without him even though he hadn’t been sold yet.

The situation is only more frustrating for Adebayor because all he wants is to do is get back to Real Madrid. Playing for Jose Mourinho seemed to have had an inspirational effect on a player who has grown out of favor with both Arsenal and Manchester City. “If he (Mourinho) called me right now, I would catch the first plane out to Los Angeles and if I could play three or four years in Madrid, I would retire with the club. He is the best coach I’ve worked with. No doubt about it, and Madrid will win titles with him.”

However, he is still stuck at Manchester City because the club cannot reach a permanent agreement with Real Madrid. City’s price tag of 14 million euros is too much for anyone including Mourinho who wants to settle for much less. For City, they are trying to cover their losses after spending over 25 million to get him. Adebayor has become a symbol of the fault of City’s rampant spending in the past couple of years.

Meanwhile, the Togolese forward has risked up to 300,000 euros by refusing to participate in training. He has taken shots at the lack of a backbone City has shown by not being up front with him about his status on the team. A week after Adebayor’s comments, Mancini didn’t seem to mind telling Sky Sports that he’d be happy to see Adebayor go. Just like Craig Bellamy’s fallout, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Mancini doesn’t seem to have the best communication skills with all his players. Just look at the Carlos Tevez situation.

In my mind, I feel Adebayor still has great value at the club. With the future of Carlos Tevez in serious doubt, Manchester City’s only other options are youngsters Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli and out of favor players Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz. Of course, there is still more than a month left for City to flex their financial muscle and find another high profile addition. Still, Emmanuel Adebayor showed with Real Madrid that he hasn’t lost his form and can still play well. It would make sense to hold on to Adebayor in order to take some pressure off Dzeko and Balotelli.

At the end of the day, it looks like both Adebayor and City are feeling the side effects of his big money transfer. Because of his antics, recent inconsistent play, and absurdly high weekly wages, Adebayor will not receive much support from the public at least in England. Even though he has been recently linked with Tottenham, Adebayor probably feels his best option is to stay strong and hold out until he can get his desired move back to Madrid even if it takes the whole summer for the deal to go through. In his eyes, the only person that seems to still believe in him is Jose Mourinho. “He gave me confidence and made me believe in myself and I enjoyed my football again.”

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31 Responses to What is the Future of Emmanuel Adebayor?

  1. Alan Knut says:

    He doesn’t fit into the system at City. He also doesn’t fit into the ethos there. They are trying to build a team of professionals who put the team first(save for Tevez… who does give 110%).

    • DP3 says:

      A team of professionals that put team first? At City? Seriously?

    • trickybrkn says:

      like say Mario Balotelli… or Yaya Touré… or Nigel de Jong…or Edin Džeko… or David Silva… or “new challenge Gareth Barry.”.. or James what team do I play for now Milner…

      City is a team where you go to get paid and passion gets left at the door.

      • james says:

        And when so many of City’s players won their first trophy (fa cup)… no passion huh?

      • Adrian Meta says:

        You do realise nigel de jong has said he will retire at the club unless he was to be sold, gareth barry is quite obviously here for the long haul and has indicated that, mario has said he wants to and intends to see out his 5 year deal, james milner is determined to win a starting role, he has done so, and will stay a long while, yaya said he will be here a long time too. dzeko has said he already feels like the club is home and he loves the fans, and vice versa. david silva has stated his desire to stay a long time. honestly mate, do some research before posting hateful crap. It’s obvious you hate city, but have some substance man.

        • trickybrkn says:

          I don’t hate City. In fact I used to have a soft spot for them. I can actually remember feeling badly for them in May of 2008 when they lost 8-1 to Middlesbrough. That season they qualified for Europe via the Fair Play table.
          Following that season the spent £100 MILLION on players. And that’s not what changed my view. Going from a bounce club to one of the world’s richest is really the only hope for clubs outside of the traditional top 3. With Chelsea being the model for pay to win… But what I really changed my opinion was the way the support changed.

          When I was to read this in the NME from a person I generally respected, well… City was just OUT.

          “Noel Gallagher also defended critics who have said that the transfer deal is not in the spirit of the club( referring to the £100mill transfer of Kaka). “Fuck morals,” he said. “F**k Arsene Wenger and his socialist football nonsense. F**k all that bollocks about the club losing its identity. What identity? The fact that we’ve been skint for 30 years?”

          Maybe I like socialist football. maybe that’s it. maybe they did have an identity that they where willing to sell for some silverware.
          cause maybe…You’re gonna be the one that saves me… and after all…. Oasis’ last two records have been awful.

      • Why? says:

        If your brilliant chain of thought is correct how on Earth did they finish joint second on the same points as Chelsea?
        Are you saying Balotelli, Toure, De jong, Dzeko and Silva are not professional? Or that Barry or Milner would have done better at Villa? What are you saying as the above makes no sense what so ever. What is the reason you have bothered to write this rant? Looks like a touch of the green eyed monster to me!

        • trickybrkn says:

          What I’m saying is that they are mercenaries. In search of a paycheck.

          that the system is NOT why Adebayor wants to leave. how many like him rot on the City spread sheet. do I really need to list the names???

          of course any team would love to have these players. and I will admit that I’d love to have half the names… But for me, regardless of how they finish in the final table. City is now the team you sign for if you want a paycheck and wanna check out. City kills careers.

          • Why? says:

            That’s not what you were saying at all. You were replying to Alan Knut who said City were trying to build a team of professionals, you then for some reason listed players who are very professional with the exception of possibly Balotteli because he’s like a big kid but I do think he will come good. Seems you have looked it and decided to change this view as you know it to be rubbish. As you cannot call those you have mentioned unprofessional just like you cannot say they are all getting more than players at other top clubs especially De Jong who move to City before the take over!

            As you have decided to change what you were writing to that anyone signing for City is a mercenary I will reply. You have taken something that the media were saying two years ago and to an extent this may have some truth to it as City would have to pay high wages to get players at a certain level as they were not yet up there so to speak as would any team wanting to mount a challenge. The wages they pay are no different to say Utd Chelsea or Liverpool, if you buy top players you pay top wages. Was Wayne Rooney not holding Utd to ransom not long ago? (there are many more examples) Would he not have moved on if Utd hadn’t made him the highest paid player in the league? Does this make him a mercenary or a player trying to get what he can in a business?
            If you are a player signing for City the first thing you would be shown is how serious the owners were about investment in the team and how this would lead to success on the pitch as it has done with any other club that has spent more than the others i.e. Utd, Chelsea etc don’t you think this would help a player want to move to City? Don’t get me wrong they get paid very well but so do Utd and other top teams players. City can offer any thing these teams can now to boot!
            A top club is what any player wants to sign for it’s means they are at the top of their game the height of their career don’t forget it is their JOB not a club they followed or supported in 99% of the time. As for
            Adebayor has said he would stay at City but he is always mouthing off not only pissing off the fans but the Manager to he is not wanted at the club, he was sought by a couple of clubs but for some reason thought himself to good for them Zenit and some other Russian club, so City will stick him in the reserves with the kids to try to humiliate some pride into him as unless he takes the wage of a decent player instead of that of a top notch player that’s where he will stay and rightly so.

            On your last statement ‘City kills careers.’ this is total bollocks as any player that does not get into a team who ever it may be is basically not good enough or they do not fit the managers plans so it will affect their careers, this is the same any where and not a City thing, you may not hate City but you don’t half talk some crap about them.

          • trickybrkn says:

            City does kill careers. I’m watching them now on ESPN.

            How many of these high paid players will not make the 25. how many will loaned out after their 25th birthday.

            and best check that… De Jong moved in Jan 2009. Team was sold in Aug 2008. He was just part of the first wave of signings £18 mil BTW.

            otherwise YOU miss the point. Players move there cause they know they’ll be overpaid. and then they get stuck there. cause no one is willing to pony up the wages, except maybe on a loan where City is paying a % of the bill. Just look over the roster… the reserve team. I don’t HATE them, I just understand what they are.

          • Why? says:

            What your watching them kill careers on ESPN now? WTF?

            David Gonzalez On loan
            1 Joe Hart
            2 Gunnar Nielsen
            3 Stuart Taylor
            Dedryck Boyata Under age
            Wayne Bridge For sale age 31 nxt week
            Greg Cunningham under age
            4 Aleksandar Kolarov
            5 Vincent Kompany
            6 Gael Clichy
            7 Joleon Lescott
            Stefan Savic under age
            Nedum Onuoha for sale Mancicni doesn’t like age 24
            8 Micah Richards
            9 Kolo Toure
            10 Pablo Zabaleta
            11 Gareth Barry
            Abdisalam Ibrahim under age
            12 Adam Johnson
            Michael Johnson unsure sale/loan/injured/stays? injury prone
            otherwise would have bright future
            13 Nigel de Jong
            14 James Milner
            Abdul Razak under age
            15 David Silva
            16 Yaya Toure
            Vladimir Weiss under age
            17 Shaun Wright-Phillips
            18 Emmanuel Adebayor for sale total nob disliked at what ever club he’s at age 27
            20 Mario Balotelli
            Craig Bellamy for sale big mouth makes a rod for his own back age 32
            21 Edin Dzeko
            Roque Santa Cruz for sale is one of the worse city signings I have ever seen age 30 in two weeks
            Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely
            22 Carlos Tevez

            So where’s the problem? 22 players room for three more. Those players not wanted will be loaned or sold these players will not go to top clubs as they are simply not good enough and with the exceptions of Onouha they will not improve as age is not on their side. Adebayour may go to a big club but only as a bit part player. What did Utd do with Veron, Kleberson, Dejemba Jemba, and Forlan these are players that didn’t work out is it ok for them? Were they killing careers? In fact every club has players for one reason or another they don’t want, in City’s case these players were bought by a previous manager mostly poor buys at the wrong age for an easy re-sale but right for the clubs level at that time. All clubs have this problem it just because of your dislike you try to say it’s all City.

            De Jong was signed when you say for a undisclosed fee at the time believe to be £16m how much is he worth now? In fact look through that squad and value it I think you will find it’s worth much more than it cost.

            ‘otherwise YOU miss the point. Players move there cause they know they’ll be overpaid. and then they get stuck there’
            What are you on about? that happens to all clubs remember Marco Bodgedjob? Veron had to wait for chelsea, Kleberson ran his contract to near the final year similair to Forlan.There are many more like these, oh and how has Belamy been ‘stuck there’ Spurs where more than willing to ‘pony up the wages’ but it’s City’s right not to sell to Club they see as rivals I doubt they see them as this now though pretty much the same as Madrid who have no problem with Ade’s wages they just want him for buttons it’s not gonna happen and if Bridge’s wage was so high why did West Ham sign him on loan as City never paid a penny of it so where you get this from god knows.

            City pay the same as any top club that’s why there wage bill was only £2m more than Utd even though they have many more player that have been bought than Utd who have also slashed their admin staff. So city pay as much as Utd and probably less than Chelsea but you refrain from giving it a large on when it comes to those why? City can offer players a good chance of winning medals and Champions League now but player sonly sign for a pay check, really? Why don’t you go and read some websites/papers to get your opinions from! Oh and none of this takes away from the fact you have twisted your first post to suit what you see as a better argument.

  2. BUcky says:

    He constantly gets his head turned. He isnt worth the trouble. He may end up at Spurs, but by October he will talk about how he wants to play CL football and hopes to play for Milan. Its what he does. Too bad, he can be a beast, good in the air, with the right service he can score.

    He is the definition of More trouble than he is worth.

    • Why? says:

      Adebayor has a mouth even bigger than Tevez’s but the problem is he doesn’t have a tenth of the skill of Tevez. He wasn’t a Mancini player just like Belamy why would any manger want these two big mouths they cause more trouble than they are worth.

      • drog7911 says:

        shut your big mouth i don’t see tevev getting a bid from barcelona
        adebayor and bellamy are good get your facts right

  3. AmiP says:

    “In his eyes, the only person that seems to still believe in him is Jose Mourinho.”

    If Jose truly believed in him, he’d pay the 14 million euros. It’s only 7 million more than they are willing to pay. But when you consider that they paid 10m for Sahin, 10m for 18 year old defender Varane, 30m for a backup left back Coentrao, and they are willing to pay 45m for either Aguero or Neymar… what’s an extra 7 million? 14 million is not a lot for a striker when they are willing to pay 3 times that for another striker, or 2x that for a left back.

    If they believed in him, they would value him higher than 7 million, or 14 million.

    The fact is, if they sign Aguero or Neymar, they will be a first choice striker. But if they sign Adebayor, he will only be a third choice striker. Which means they don’t believe in him that much.

  4. MUFCforlife says:

    I understand your point but I feel Mourinho’s bid of 7 million is an intelligent move for two reasons. One is that he knows he has the full support of Adebayor and knows he doesn’t want to go anywhere else. Second, its good negotiations on his part. After paying good money for all the players you stated, can you blame him for trying to get a player for a lower price? Besides, he’s in the position of power because he doesn’t desperately need him unlike City who are trying to cash in as much as possible for over-paying for him. Plus, City, hardly have anyone else who are interested in Adebayor and teams like Tottenham are going to be scared off by their price tag. Do City really want a distraction like Adebayor to linger into the season? I feel this deal will be done towards the transfer deadline for around 10 million which is a bargain price for Adebayor.

  5. Ade has still to offer. even if he is loaned to spurs, he can make it as he suit to Spurs’ style of play. Very good in the air, Lennon, Bale, Assou-Ekoto or Hutton can feed him with his dangerous crosses to hit home. i think will make it should he make a move to spurs.

    • MUFCforlife says:

      I agree about Ade’s worth but for a player of his talent and ego, I don’t think he wants to keep being thrown out on loan. A permanent move to Madrid is what he desires and it will make everyone happy.

  6. PaulfromMiami says:

    Adebayor should have been one of the top players in the world. He has the talent to be so. If only he had stayed at Arsenal because 3 years ago he seemed destined to be a worldclass player.

  7. Craig A. says:

    I was hit by the feeling of “Oh god, what have we done!” about a month or so into the 2009/10 season. Emmanu had played his socks off against his former club, Arsenal, and after scoring a great goal he runs the entire length of the pitch just to taunt the Gunner supporters. I thought even then, classless. As he’s gotten older he’s become more infantile. A bit like the Case of Benjamin Button (if you’ve seen it, you know what I mean). He’s a liability every time he goes out on the pitch…doesn’t contribute defensively and often doesn’t feel chuffed enough to make the run for 50/50 balls. Sure, he “revitalized” his career during his six month loan at Real but to what end? He’s poison everywhere he goes and if he finds himself welcome at Bernabeu now, just give it another six months. I remember an Arsenal supporter telling me after we closed the Ade deal and all he could say was “Best of luck with that”. That was my earliest foreshadow of the disappointment to come. Shame, because he could be a really good player if he applied himself and didn’t concern himself with things that most often go on off the pitch. I heard he trained with the U18′s yesterday…kind of falls in line with what I’m saying.

  8. DoublePivot says:

    As a Spurs supporter, I can’t tell yo the number of times, I’ve seen people who “know somebody important” say that we’re going to get Adebayor. Adamant that we are getting him.

    Our highest paid player is Modric at 70k/w. Adebayor is on more than double that. Yet people think he’s going to take a massive wage cut and come to us.

    It really is appropriately named “silly” season.

    • BUcky says:

      People rarely look at wages when linked with players. Spurs have a strict wage structure. City would have to pay 100k/wk of his wages to be at Spurs. Cant see it happening. Think he will end up at Madrid still. He is running out of clubs that can pay his wage.

    • trickybrkn says:

      as a Spurs hater, I think you’ll have bigger problems this season…The illegal hacking of a West Ham consultant, her young teen daughter and her boyfriend will be investigated by Scotland Yard. Levy will be questioned, and the PL will be forced to do something.. Points deduction? fine? Levy went to the Times ( a News Corp paper) and passed on illegally obtained misinformation and it was printed… trouble. ohh yeah and Twitchy could be facing further legal action over his tax issues.

      manager jailed. club deducted points. hmmm

      • Matt says:

        trickybrkn, I have started reading the comments section of stories just hoping to see you comment. they are awesome.

        Eccentric…maaayyybee. Entertaining…hell yes. I hope you don’t stop posting when the Hammers aren’t in the prem next year. I think it would be a serious loss, no joke.

  9. Craig says:

    I really enjoyed watching Spurs throughout their Champions League campaign. It’d suck to see all of these things come to pass. I like Harry and I appreciate his passionate approach to the game. I’m a Citizen too.

  10. R2Dad says:

    While EA has proven infantile in the PL, perhaps he should be given a second chance. If he really is so enthralled with JM at Real Madrid, he should come out in the media and explain how he is willing to take a pay cut because he’s so committed to playing in Spain again. Perhaps City will sell him off on the cheap if they don’t have to subsidize his wages anymore–another loan won’t stop the bleeding.

  11. captain says:

    It all boils to racism. .if adebayor was white or European to say,he won’t be going through all these
    what hasn’t Rooney done?,what hasn’t Christiano ron
    said or done,what hasn’t Tavez. done.But they all seem to maintain their value.As far as I am concern,Ade is still a great forward. How many of those scored 10 in 20 games. Please give Hi the respect hem deserves

    • Why? says:

      He’s shoots his mouth of as if he has a right to, he thinks he’s bigger than the Club which ever it may be, he is not the World Class player he seems to think he is. He had one good season at Arsenal that’s all, other than that he has been average. Abebayour did not score 10 in 20 he scored 5 in 14 at Madrid either, Benzema got 15 in 33 and Higuan 10 in 17 both better that Adebayor! Oh and Ronaldo scored 40 in 34! The difference between the players you mention and Adebayor is they are World Class he is no where near that! Racism indeed!

    • Just_Fan says:

      You are an idiot Captain. If racism had anything to do with it Adebayor wouldn’t be making 170k/week with his limited talent and poor attitude as a football player. That ungrateful sob deserves every sh**ty treatment he gets from Citeh . He chased the money and now he is finding out what people with money treats their subordinates. Enjoy your journey to irrelevancy Ademoney.

      • Craig says:

        Amen, Just Fan. And there are plenty of Adebayor’s race which do make inflated wages…I just never bothered to notice. A good footballer is a good footballer. A whining footballer is something else. I never believe race entered into it.

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