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Tottenham Hotspur On Verge Of Signing Adebayor On Loan

Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp are on the verge of finally completing a new signing (omitting the free transfer of Brad Friedel) for Tottenham. Granted it’s only a loan signing but at least it represents some movement by the club to bring in new talent. During the summer all the attention focused on clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Sunderland and Liverpool who acted earlier and quickly to bring in new players leaving the likes of Spurs to do something in the final stages of the transfer window. Tottenham look set to bring in 27-year old Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City on loan for the season. The ex-Arsenal striker certainly could be a welcome addition to the team especially since they are in desperate need of forwards. Harry has been chasing a new striker since the start of the summer transfer market and at last got his striker. I am not completely sure if Adebayor is the right player for Spurs. Time will tell but if nothing else the potential transfer does present us with a new striker considering the lack of performance from the current strike force.

One of the biggest problems facing Spurs in signing or attempting to sign new players is the issue of wages. Spurs are well known for not paying £100,000 plus salaries. The most expensive player had been Robbie Keane who was making £80,000 per week, who has since departed to Los Angeles Galaxy. Another issue facing Tottenham was they didn’t qualify for the Champions League which could have attracted new talent despite the salary issue. Since Adebayor has been out of favor with Roberto Mancini and spent last season on loan with Real Madrid it was no surprise that City were willing to unload him. One question to ask is how the former Arsenal player will be received at White Hart Lane. William Gallas, the former Arsenal defender, has done well and since his arrival to win over fans. There seems to be no love lost between Arsenal and Adebayor that could help with his arrival and make it easier for Tottenham supporters to embrace him.

In reviewing Adebayor’s playing history, he obviously has been fairly successful. During his time at Arsenal he made 105 appearances with 46 goals. Funny enough Adebayor did very well when playing against Spurs. During his short time at Manchester City he managed 34 appearances with 14 goals, and while on loan with Real Madrid made 14 appearances with 5 goals.  At Arsenal, Adebayor was named in the PFA Team of the Year 2007-2008, as well as BBC African Footballer of the Year 2007 and African Player of the Year 2008. Furthermore, he was named Togo player of the year in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. However, I have noticed most of his success has faded a bit since 2008 and that could be an area of concern. However, this may mean that he hasn’t found the right team to connect with on the pitch and Spurs might be able to provide that for him. At 27, Adebayor still has many more years of play in him and with the right training and coaching he could be brought back into his form and shake off some of the rustiness. At Arsenal, Manchester City and recently at Real Madrid I have been impressed with his skill and ability. Adebayor has demonstrated he can play well as a lone striker and with Harry favoring the lone striker attack with Raphael van der Vaart withdrawn behind the striker this could be an excellent new combination for Tottenham.

With the departure of Robbie Keane and the growing speculation that Peter Crouch could be on his way to Stoke City or another club, the need to replace strikers is critical. Standing around 6’4” Adebayor could replace Crouch as the new aerial striker. During the Europa League match against Hearts, Jermain Defoe looked to be back to his own form but seemed to slow down a bit on Monday against United. Adebayor’s arrival is timely. As a Spurs supporter I am just excited at a new signing in general even if it’s a loan signing. It gives me hope that a couple more signings could be on the way before the close of the transfer window. Nevertheless more players need to be let go in order to get the payroll under control and to off load individuals who have no future at the club. The arrival of Adebayor will force the current strikers to fight for their place in the first team.

I think Spurs supporters should give Adebayor the benefit of the doubt and welcome him and his experience to the club, even despite the racist slur charges he made against Tottenham supporters in Madrid. If it doesn’t work out in the end he can always go back to Manchester City.

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  1. Matthew

    August 25, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I am just looking forward to some goal scoring.

  2. np

    August 25, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I still think adebayor is a quality player (and this coming from an arsenal fan!). I hate him more than any other player but he will do a good job because he knows he is still in the shop window and will want to leave for a champions league team next summer. He is motivated every time he moves to a new team.
    When he first went to arsenal he used to give 110% then he thought he was as good as henry and became lazy.
    Good quality loan deal for spurs….actually has me a little worried considering spurs might get diarra too!

  3. Daniel

    August 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I’m glad that Adebayor is coming — especially as it’s only a loan. We need a stop-gap who can help us solve the striker problem. That still needs to be resolved, though. We have a couple of promising (really) young strikers (Calibaly, for example) but I don’t see them moving into the first team for a couple more years.
    About Defoe — he’s not world class — but he’s good enough for the Europa League and should be used for that.

  4. R2Dad

    August 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Be careful what you wish for. I realize Spurs have been in need of a proven striker, but Ade’s track record suggests he might not be so congenial a presence in the dressing room.

  5. Scrumper

    August 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    What an idiotic post. Without Friedel it would have been 5 or 6. Spurs are lacking match fitness (and sharpness). Although it would have been interesting if Defoe’s shot had gone in.

  6. YidsYidsYids

    August 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Spurs4life – I’m also a massive spurs fan, but you talk sh*t, sorry

  7. Spurs4life

    August 24, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’d love to defend myself here. And I will. The goalie is in charge of ordering his troops.

    1st goal- best of the lot. Why was friedel stuck on his line here? Watch the replays. That is bad positioning. Gives the attackers all the room in the world to slot it wherever they want. If you watch the replay, Friedel hasn’t moved one bit- ball out on the touchline he is on the line, in the middle of the posts. Ball crossed in? On the line, middle of the posts. Bad positioning.

    2nd goal- Ok this one is tougher to place the blame entirely on Friedel. More likely the blame here should be on Livermore/Kaboul who doesn’t track Anderson. However, Friedel is still all over the place here…

    3rd goal- Friedel was just far too slow. You’ve got to be prepared to cover your inside post, and then dive to cover the far post. Doesn’t do it though and when Rooney heads it, all he has to do is put it on the left side of the middle of the post and Mr Slow has no chance of getting to it.

    • Yidothewest

      August 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Just watched the replays…
      1st goal – Kaboul ball watching. Welbeck unmarked.
      2nd goal – Kaboul drawn out of position to make no challenge.
      3rd goal – Kaboul lame challenge on Giggs, Dawson not tight on Rooney.

      Look, I don’t really want to labour the point as it was a great game to watch with loads of positives. 3 mistakes cost us but absolutely none of ’em were Friedel’s. “cover your inside post and then dive to cover the far post” pretty much caps it… he ain’t 12 foot tall!!! And even if he was, Rooney had enough time to juggle it, read the paper, do the crossword and then tuck it in the inside.

  8. Ringo

    August 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Excellent signing – I’m glad it’s finally being completed. COYS!

  9. Yidothewest

    August 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Spurs4life… 2 free headers without a central defender within spitting distance is hardly the goalkeeper’s fault! And no-one picked up Anderson’s run for the second. Poor marking and time to pick their spot on all 3. Blame the defenders, not the keeper.

    • Joe

      August 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

      I agree completely. Friedel was excellent. Anyone who thinks otherwise wasn’t paying attention.

      • Guy

        August 24, 2011 at 11:38 am

        Bingo. No goalie stops any of those three shots no matter what his positioning. The scorers were under no pressure and could put the ball wherever they pleased.

  10. Spurs4life

    August 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Great signing by Spurs.

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That is Adebayor right there. Can’t wait until he scores at the Emirates Stadium after Gallas has just slid to clear a strike on goal that Friedel misses. Haha. While Spurs have not been as active as other teams in the market this summer, keeping Modric (and hence Bale) is like signing a top player. Friedel is a joke! Can’t believe he replaced Gomes in goal on Monday and furthermore, can’t believe Ian Darke and McManaman named him Spurs MOTM. Unreal! His positioning was awful on all 3 goals.

    Ade will hopefully net us 15 goals this season!!

    • AKA

      August 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

      What are you talking about?!! You havn’t got a clue have you my friend? Friedal was one of our best player with Kabul monday night! Hence he was our MOTM! Anyone is better than Gomes. He is a liability and we need to get rid of him. NOWAY was Friedal at fault in any of the goals conceded Monday night. If you can’t see that then you havn’t got a clue about football! I would have preferred if we signed a younger keeper but like I said, anyone is better then Gomez!!

      • Ringo

        August 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

        Yeah, Friedel absolutely WAS Spurs’ best player against United. Could not be blamed for any of the goals. Gomes probably would have let another one in!

  11. Joe

    August 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

    A striker who can score goals? COYS!

  12. Evan

    August 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Great move for Spurs if they can get him.
    He did well with us and Real Madrid and will probably do well with Spurs too.

    I don’t like the idea of strengthening a rival but Adebayor really should be play football.

    Mancini just never liked him. After he would score a brace Mancini would still bench him for the next game.

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