Connect with us

ARTICLES

Do we need Ade permanently?

To the Lane and Back does love Emmanuel Adebayor. Despite his Arsenal history, the way he has been playing since joining in August has been nothing short of superb. Clearly enjoying life at White Hart Lane, it got us thinking; would it be right to try and sign him permanently? Every fan knows how he performs when he becomes a bit too comfortable with his surroundings but his impact has been imperative to our rise up the table to third. 

Published

on

Many were sceptical about signing Emmanuel Adebayor in the summer, even if it is only on loan. Here is a player who has plied his trade for Arsenal and known to be a disruptive influence in any dressing room he has been in. On the other hand, however, the Togolese man is exactly what Tottenham have been crying out for, a world class number 9 with pace, strength and a knack for knowing where the back of the net is.

Spurs fans would have to wait a further two weeks after his signing to witness him in action, due to the international break, but when they did, the signs of a top, top striker the club had been crying out for since Dimitar Berbatov left in 2008 were clearly evident.

Getting himself on the score-sheet in the 2-0 win over Wolves while giving Mick McCarthy’s side a troublesome day in the office was more than enough to convince fans he was the right man to lead the Spurs front-line. His next two goals came a week later in the 4-0 rout over Liverpool and even though he only managed goals four and five on Monday night, is hard work ethic and, effectively, defending from the front is exactly what Spurs have been craving for some time.

He could have had more than his brace against Villa on Monday but his movement off the ball and willingness to track back was excellent to see from a player some have labelled a liability in the past. But will he keep up his high standards if his temporary move is turned into a permanent one?

It is well documented that, when Adebayor settles at a club, he tends to go off the boil some-what. The same happened at Manchester City and many fans are worried that the same would happen again should Daniel Levy stump up a high enough transfer fee to snare him away from the Citizens.

The player himself even admitted he would be interested in making his move to White Hart Lane a permanent one at the end of the season, confessing he feels at home back in North London despite only being there for three months. However, even if the two teams can agree a fee, a further stumbling block would indeed be the players’ wages.

On a reported £175k-a-week, with City subsidising £100k of that during his stint with Spurs, the club would have to smash their wage budget, currently maxing out at a reported £70k-per-week, although that could be pushed to £100k should Luka Modric sign a new deal with the club.

There is also the possibility that City may want the striker back at the Etihad stadium ready for the new season. With the uncertainty of Carlos Tevez’s future, and the likelihood the Argentinean will be sold sooner rather than later, City already have a replacement for the AWOL front-man in Adebayor. His displays would not have gone un-noticed with Roberto Mancini and the Citizens hierarchy, who may feel he does have a future back in Manchester, even if the 27-year-old doesn’t feel welcome back at his parent club.

Nevertheless, if Spurs really were desperate to secure his long-term signature, then Levy would simply go all out to keep him at White Hart Lane beyond the end of the current campaign. Kudos to the chairman for ensuring City subsidise a majority of his wages during his stay but it would take the very best of Levy’s negotiation skills to influence Adebayor into staying at Spurs, albeit, for a potential pay-cut, a pay-cut that would hinder his charity work back in Africa.

One way to cover the wage problem would be to give him a larger signing-on fee, but it is highly unlikely Levy would sanction such a move. Then again, he did give the go-ahead for Parker, despite the FWA Player of the Year having just turned 31 and, potentially, having no sell-on value. All in all, it appears as though the wages may be the stumbling block in any future transfer. Nevertheless, if the Spurs wage limit is increased, and should the club reach the Champions League again next year it is more than likely to happen, then who knows whether a deal could be struck between all three parties.

But, as mentioned previously, it is imperative Adebayor continues his impressive form for the club. There is the massive risk that he could only be playing so well to secure a lucrative deal before becoming too comfortable in his new surroundings. If his form is still the same heading into the new year, than absolutely a deal running beyond this season is a must. Either way, Spurs still need a secure a new striker, preferably in January, even if Adebayor signs permanently which, should his form continue, is an absolute must.

Ben McAleer

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Spurs Transfer News

Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig has been linked with a transfer move to Tottenham Hotspur. Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig has been linked with a transfer move to Tottenham Hotspur.
ARTICLES8 hours ago

Report: Tottenham Hotspur could use ‘secret weapon’ to sign 20-year-old defender playing in 2022 World Cup

Tottenham Hotspur could use Croatia international Ivan Perisic to convince Josko Gvardiol According to Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb as quoted by...

England's forward #09 Harry Kane applauds supporters at the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and USA at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 25, 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images) England's forward #09 Harry Kane applauds supporters at the end of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and USA at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 25, 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
ARTICLES9 hours ago

“The other big change”- Wayne Rooney urges to bench Tottenham Hotspur star against Wales

Wayne Rooney believes Tottenham Hotspur superstar Harry Kane must be rested for Wales clash Writing in his Sunday Times column...

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Bournemouth, England Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Bournemouth, England
ARTICLES12 hours ago

“I saw something in him”- Ghana manager reveals how he discovered current Tottenham superstar

Ghana manager reveals influence on Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min’s career Speaking in an interview ahead of Ghana’s World Cup...

Jordan Pickford in action for England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Jordan Pickford in action for England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
ARTICLES15 hours ago

Chelsea linked with 28-year-old England international on Tottenham’s radar

Chelsa are in the fray for Tottenham Hotspur target and England international Jordan Pickford Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both...

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Harry Kane of England with the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Harry Kane of England with the World Cup 2018 Golden Boot Award the UEFA Nations League A group four match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
ARTICLES18 hours ago

Report: Tottenham star Harry Kane’s stance on playing for England vs Wales amidst rest calls

Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane determined to start against Wales amidst rest calls According to the Telegraph (Subscription...

Sporting Lisbon's Manuel Ugarte at a press conference. Sporting Lisbon's Manuel Ugarte at a press conference.
ARTICLES19 hours ago

Report: Tottenham scouting Rodrigo Bentancur’s international teammate at 2022 FIFA World Cup

Tottenham scouting Sporting CP star Manuel Ugarte ahead of Uruguay vs Portugal at 2022 FIFA World Cup Tottenham Hotspur are...

Tottenham Hotspur's Emerson Royal fights for the ball with Frankfurt's Evan N'Dicka. Tottenham Hotspur's Emerson Royal fights for the ball with Frankfurt's Evan N'Dicka.
ARTICLES20 hours ago

Report: Antonio Conte not against Tottenham defender joining Inter Milan

Spurs Transfer News: Antonio Conte not against Tottenham defender Emerson Royal joining Inter Milan Tottenham Hotspur right-back Emerson Royal is...

McKennie joined Juventus last summer. McKennie joined Juventus last summer.
ARTICLES1 day ago

“If the finances work”- Tottenham Hotspur backed to make a move for Juventus star playing in 2022 World Cup

Tottenham Hotspur backed to make a move for Juventus and USA midfielder Weston McKennie Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with...

Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
ARTICLES1 day ago

“Absolute handful”- Tottenham Hotspur fans told a move for African superstar seems ‘unrealistic’

Transfer News: Kevin Campbell believes a Tottenham Hotspur move for Wilfried Zaha is ‘unrealistic’ Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes...

England's forward #09 Harry Kane looks on during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) England's forward #09 Harry Kane looks on during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
ARTICLES1 day ago

“Who they bring in”- Harry Kane backed to stay at Tottenham if they sign quality players

Harry Kane backed to stay at Tottenham Hotspur if they sign quality players in the near future Harry Kane has...