Emmanuel Adebayor is a handful. Back in September 2007 he broke our brittle N17 hearts with a brilliant goal at the Lane that would later be voted Goal of the Season by Match of the Day.
A Gooner gets GotS? At WHL? We rightly thought he was a FC.
But that was then. Since, he’s proven himself to be, well, a footballer. There’s less treachery in politics and more honour in a gang of Foot Locker looters.
Emma, as no one will ever call him, soon showed exactly how much he cared about our muggy little mates down the Seven Sisters Road with a goal celebration for Man City which still brings a smile to the face of every Spurs fan.
We don’t have to care about what he was, just what he can do for us now. Just like with William Gallas, George Graham and David Bentley.
More than that, we need a tough striker. Drogba would have been interesting, but that’s not happening. As it stands, we’ve got arguably the best midfield in the Premiership and more creative types than Shoreditch. Even if Mod the God jogs on to the rarefied air of west London we’re still left with Bale, Lennon, RVDV, Sandro et al to set up the strikers and nab the odd goal for themselves. Hell, RVDV was our top scorer last year, but he’s a little prone to knocks and clearly more an attacking midfielder than an out and out centre-forward.
The merits and drawbacks of Crouch, Defoe and Pav are a matter for another time, but last year, they didn’t deliver in the Premier league. Cup success can be fun, but we can only progress as a club by getting into the Champions League regularly.
So more than anything we need someone new who can mix it up with defenders and score goals. We’ve been a stylish team since before Harry spat his first quip to an eager reporter and will remain so, but beauty isn’t everything. Just ask Peter Beardsley.
Adebayor may be mercenary, but we don’t have to like him, just cheer when he scores.
By Lou Thomas – You can follow Lou on Twitter at http://twitter.com/london_lou
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