Finally Spurs have addressed their goal scoring problems of last season, with the loan signing of controversial striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Attackers from all over the world have been linked with Spurs this summer, but the club have decided to put their faith in the strong Togolese forward.
A recent criticism of Harry Redknapp has been his reluctance to purchase players from outside of England, but on this occasion I believe the club have made the right call, as clubs are quoting astronomical fees for targets. With the uncertainty over the future of Harry we have the option of making a final decision on the player at the end of the season. This option ensures that we don’t have another David Bentley scenario – a fifteen million pound signing sitting in the reserves, being paid wages that most clubs can’t afford.
Casting history aside and judging the player purely on his attributes, I’m delighted with securing Adebayor’s signature and I share Harry’s optimism that this signing can help us reclaim Champions League qualification.
With such a small fee involved there’s little risk in this deal, and it’s understood that the club have inserted a clause to purchase the player at the end of the loan based on success. Not all loan deals prove successful, but Martin Jol proved when he brought Mido to the club that sometimes a difficult player will run through walls to secure a full-time contract.
Love him or loathe him, there’s no doubting the player’s ability. At the prime age of 27, the six-foot three-inch powerhouse has a great record of scoring in the Premiership and I’m shocked that Man City have allowed him to switch to a rival club.
I always worried when I saw his name on the opposition team sheet, and Paul Robinson must still have nightmares about the rockets Adebayor scored at the Lane. The African continued his impressive scoring record against us recently with two fine headed goals for Real Madrid. These goals and two crazy Peter Crouch tackles, all but ended our Champions League campaign.
Although many of his 124 goals from 353 games were scored for the Gunners, Harry Redknapp proved with the signing of William Gallas that sometimes you have to consider the requirements of the team over club rivalries. Gallas with his consistency and professionalism won over the fans and now Adebayor faces the same task.
This signing, as well as Spurs desire to capture Lassana Diarra is a clear indication to Luka Modric and the squad of our ambitions as a club, and now Spurs have a powerful goal scorer who can operate in the same role Peter Crouch occupied last season with Rafael van der Vart. With players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon providing width and quality service there’s no reason why Adebayor can’t score in excess of twenty goals this season.
Another exciting thought for Spurs fans is the potential partnership with Jermain Defoe in a 442 formation. Harry has already stated that he expects a big season from Defoe and I’m sure a Player like Adebayor can bring out the best in the pint sized striker, and hopefully help Jermain recapture his goal scoring touch.
No doubt a section of supporters will point to his troublesome reputation, but as Man City and Chelsea recently found out with the signings of Fernando Torres and Edin Dzeko, big money doesn’t always guarantee success. The jury’s out on Adebayor, but I’m certainly looking forward to the Arsenal game.