Inside Lane: Is this former Arsenal striker the right man for Tottenham?

Spurs fan Daniel Grigg gives his view on whether Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor could be the striker that the Lilywhites desperately need.

Harry Redknapp’s renewed interest in Emmanuel Adebayor has again sharpened the focus on Spurs’ need to build for the future - and the possible difference of opinion between the manager and chairman Daniel Levy.

With Redknapp still the most likely candidate for the soon-to-be vacant England manager’s post, which becomes available after the 2012 European Championships, it would be understandable if the Tottenham boss is focusing on the short term in his current job.

However, I find I side more with the stance that Levy has taken - that it’s important to stop the wage bill rising excessively, despite the lure of a quick return to Champions League football.

And, while Adebayor has proved his quality against Spurs on a number of occasions, including the Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu, I must admit to having reservations about whether he is really the right man for the job.


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Looking at his recent record, the 27-year-old has scored 17 times in his last 46 league matches, since that famous length-of-the-pitch celebration against Arsenal in his first season at Manchester City.

That isn’t mind-blowing and, if you take away his six goals in Europe for City and Real Madrid last season, Adebayor only mustered six goals in 22 league games in the Premier League and La Liga in 2010/11.

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That is only slightly better than Jermain Defoe’s record of four in 22, which is universally being accepted as a pretty terrible season in the top flight.

Tottenham can’t afford a player with a bad attitude and inconsistent levels of performance and effort, even if he can score goals.

After all, we’ve seen from Darren Bent’s spell at Tottenham that strikers must do more than merely highlight their scoring record if they are to excel at White Hart Lane.

It is therefore fortunate that this transfer is highly unlikely to happen. We have seen on a number of occasions that Redknapp has a habit of expressing his interest in players the Spurs are unlikely to attract, like Phil Jones for example.

It’s becoming ever clearer as the transfer window progresses that, despite all the players Spurs have been linked with, they are yet to make a significant signing, other than Brad Friedel.

Whether this is due to lack of finance, the need to reduce the squad size or is just an indication that Tottenham are now targeting higher calibre and thus harder to obtain players, it is leaving many fans doubting whether the necessary players will be signed before it’s too late, and whether another transfer window is going to go begging.

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