The ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga surrounding Emmanuel Adebayor finally came to an end yesterday with confirmation that the Togolese striker would be joining up with his international team mates at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Earlier in the week, it had seemed likely that Ade would travel and it appeared he had the blessing of Spurs’ head coach Andre Villas-Boas.
I’ve told you the player can still go, I understand it is still a possibility,” Andre said.
“It was always his choice, I’m not going to put pressure on him. We’ve left it to the player to decide. If player wants to go, we respect the African Nations Cup.”
However, the striker himself has a different view of the conversation.
“That is what he said to the press, but not what he said to me,” Adebayor told the Togo Football Federation’s website. “There is a difference between what you say to the press and what you say in private.”
Ade is a volatile player as we know and clearly wasn’t happy at being left on the bench in the early part of this season. What happens next might just depend on whether Spurs enter the transfer market this month for a replacement striker – temporary or otherwise.