Emmanuel Adebayor had a disappointing 2012-13 campaign to say the least and only seemed to come to life in the final few matches of a long season. Prior to that period, we were used to ineffective and somewhat lethargic displays from the Togolese and cynics will say that his late improvement in form came after speculation that the club were set to move him on this summer.
In order to do that however, Spurs would need to find a buyer that wasn’t put off by his reputation for inconsistency, together with his substantial wage bill. Rule out Manchester City and Real Madrid – Ade has already been there, not done that, so who is left?
Last month, newly promoted French side AS Monaco were linked but wisely went out and bought Radamel Falcao instead. Cash rich Monaco have a strong forward line which Falcao merely enhances so the rumour of an approach for Adebayor promptly disappeared.
But for those who want the striker off the age bill with the proceeds going to Gareth Bale instead, there is new hope this morning with talk of interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce. The Turkish league has captured some high profile players in the last twelve months and while there is no strong suggestion that this is true, it’s one rumour that somehow seems to add up.
There’s been no word from Andre Villas-Boas on Adebayor’s future but a record of five goals from 24 league matches last season may not be enough to save his Spurs career as the head coach looks to attack the next level. So have the club found a buyer willing to take Ade away from the Lane?