Over the past couple of days reports have emerged that Spurs have failed to agree a deal to sell Younes Kaboul to Besiktas, while Parma are stalling over a move for Emmanuel Adebayor, due to his high wage demands.
Both players clearly have no future at the club, with rumours of a bust up behind the scenes and clear evidence that Mauricio Pochettino has no desire to play either of them.
Results have picked up since the duo were discarded and there is really no doubt that the best thing to do is to sell both players. They are no use to the team and are both on big salaries. It makes common sense to get both players out of the club during this window and using the monies received and saved to recruit replacements.
This is especially true if the rumours of Pochettino falling out with the duo are true. Many a young manager have struggled at a new club thanks to mutinous senior players. In such circumstances, getting rid of such troublesome figures becomes a necessity.
It should be a simple enough process to find bidders for two such high profile players but the stumbling block could be the club’s own chairman. Whether there’s any truth in the claims regarding Kaboul’s transfer fee or Adebayor’s wage demands or not, we know that in the past Daniel Levy has derailed many a deal that was in Spurs’ interests, as he tried to gain the financial upper hand.
Both players are approaching the final few years of their careers and represent a gamble for any buyers. Kaboul’s form has been dreadful since a prolonged period of injury, while Adebayor has never consistently performed for any of his clubs.
Unless he finds a complete mug – which is not a scenario that can be ruled out – Levy will not walk away from these deals with a profit. In the case of Adebayor especially, some compromise may well be needed.
It was Levy who sanctioned a deal to make Adebayor Tottenham’s best paid player, despite his history of trouble. He must have known it was a gamble and it’s one that’s gone wrong.
In such circumstances you have to cut your losses. If that means paying a cut of Adebayor’s wages until his contract expires, then Spurs should go ahead and take it on the chin. After all, Manchester City did the same thing to get him off their books, which should have acted as a warning.
Levy has rarely done the right thing by his managers but having give Pochettino a long contract, he should be prepared to swallow his pride to make his coach’s job easier.