After all the twist and turn, the deal that has been on the table for some weeks is finally sealed. Emmanuel Adebayor will be back in North London again.
Once there were questions about his passion in football. Whatever portion Manchester City is now contributing towards his salary, the deal is indeed a win-win-win one.
Now the question would be, can he fit into the Tottenham Hotspurs under Andre Villas-Boas? The Portuguese manager demands all his outfield players to defend. Although conceded two goals at St James Park, the defence did look more promising than last season, in particular the hard work by attackers Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.
Adebayor is never the type of striker who chases after ball for 90 minutes, but his aerial ability and techniques are what Tottenham is after. The ever-smiling striker is at his best with the ball at feet up front, rather than starting the attack by intercepting opponents at midfield line.
Meanwhile, Defoe’s loyalty is once again rewarded with a position on the bench. Although looking sharp in the season opener, Defoe in fact often operated on his own and could not release the midfielders in attack. His work rate and finishing touch, though, would still enable him to be featured in AVB’s plan.
Tottenham will be barely content with the service of only two established strikers. Is another striker on the way as well? Llorente’s price tag, which is six times that of Adebayor’s, is the major obstacle. Would it be Dzeko or Berbatov instead? The answer will be unveiled in 10 days time.