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Tottenham advised against keeping Adebayor long term
Tottenham’s loan signing of Man City’s Emmanuel Adebayor has been a big success so far, once again proving Harry Redknapp’s skills at getting the best out of unsettled, marginalised players. But the Sunday Mirror’s David Walker thinks it would be a mistake for Spurs to sign the free-scoring Togolese frontman permanently when his loan deal runs out at the end of the season.
David believes that Spurs should let Adebayor return to City once his loan expires, because of the reputation he has gained for going off the boil at previous clubs – Arsenal and Man City – after blistering starts. Adebayor’s eye-watering £180,000-a-week contract at the Etihad Stadium, something well beyond Tottenham’s pay scale, is another obstacle.
“It’s not his fault Man City have given him £180,000 a week [contract],” David explains. “The fact that shatters Tottenham’s pay policy isn’t Emmanuel Adebayor’s problem. But it will be Tottenham’s [problem] to come up with a reason [for him] to stay.
“Now, I think you could get him to stay for a pay cut. But, will Harry go, ‘Do I want him on a three-year deal?’, because it starts going wrong when you get him permanently. And I think it could work beautifully for Tottenham with a, ‘Sorry, you’ve done a year, back you go’.”
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