Transfer columns last week were busy suggesting that Spurs were about to finally admit defeat in their efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a long term deal. With reported wages at Manchester City of £170,000 a week, a rumoured offer of £100,000 plus a £4m signing on fee was thought to have fallen far too short.

Ade’s usual support striker Rafael van der Vaart is certain that he wants the Togolese to stay,

“He is a great player for us, works his socks off and we love him here,” Rafa told the London Evening Standard.

“He played for Real Madrid, Arsenal and City and I was surprised he came but I hope he stays.

“He is a top striker, one of the best I’ve played with. I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy; he was fantastic.

“Normally strikers wait for their chances and score but he is working and even when he doesn’t score he is still important for the team and that’s what makes him a big man for us.”

I’d sort of suggested last week that Ade was a little too inconsistent but a stat thrown up on MOTD suggested that in terms of assists added to goals, he is the most prolific striker in the EPL this season. And how important will those winning goals on Sunday be at the end of the campaign?

So the question is one that’s been asked before: Should Spurs break the bank to keep Ade at the Lane or is there a cheaper alternative out there that can do the same job?

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I’d say 13 goals and 12 assists was pretty important! What more can he do? He’s streaky and that has always been a problem but his work rate this season has been the biggest and most pleasent surprise

  2. He is important but not “100K+ a week” important, or whatever extortionate fee that Man City would charge. Spend money on someone else.

  3. Totally agree with adtheyid. When he works like he did against Swans, he unbalances the opposition’s back line and stops teams from building attacks from that area. Even on his off days, he’s still capable of making and taking moments of inspirations for and from others in the team. Van der Vart performs extra well with big target forwards whose movement allow him more time to choose from more opportunities and both Modric & Bale have a player who also plays to their different types of passing.

  4. The three new signings have had a positive impact on Spurs game. If it’s possible from the financial point of view I would keep Ade in the club.

  5. £100k a week is as much as i would go pay wise. I would secure Modric/VDV and Bale also on long term 100k deals.

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