Emmanuel Adebayor’s decision not to play for Togo in the 2013 Africa Nations Cup due to a dispute of match bonuses has shocked football fans already disenchanted with the vast sums of money their heroes earn on a weekly basis.
Instead of playing for his home country, Adebayor will instead stay at Spurs and aid their chase for a Champions League spot come the May, something manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly happy about.
“We’ll probably have the player here in January, which is a massive boost as you know, it gives me other options and possibilities,” the manager said.
“[Adebayor is] very very important, we are speaking about a player that has meant so much to us.”
Indeed, Adebayor may give the boss options but whether or not Villas-Boas should take them is quite another thing. For while the majority of football fans would argue the striker should play in the Nations Cup to represent his country, others will further suggest the tournament could improve his game.
For Adebayor has hardly been a success this season at White Heart Lane. The 28-year-old earned a contract in the summer after scoring 18 goals last year, yet has netted just twice for Spurs this campaign. He’s made just five starts, been sent off and has appears more of a hindrance than the far more affable Jermain Defoe.
Villas-Boas may say the striker gives him options, but what options are they exactly? He is strong and makes himself known in opposition penalty boxes yet is also temperamental and selfish. Spurs have won just three games with him this season and one of those was against Maribor, where Defoe scored a hat-trick.
And, as good as he was against Panathinaikos we must remember he was up against an abject defence. At the Nations Cup he would get game time, scoring opportunities and the chance to win something for his country.
Of course, it is better AVB has him in the squad than not, but one cannot help thinking that a stint in a Togo shirt could have done Adebayor a world of good.
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