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?