Adebayor On His Way Out Of White Hart Lane?
Going...Going…: The Togo striker scored 11 goals last term, but is unsettled
Spurs’ 30-year old Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor is apparently unsettled at White Hart Lane. The revelation comes after new boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media last weekend about his intention to give youth a chance at the club. In the 3 seasons since his move to Spurs, Adebayor has been far from a model citizen, branded by the media and some sections of the support as lazy, but with 32 goals to his name, he does come in handy in a pinch.
Speaking on Friday morning, the striker had this to say: ”The new boss has openly come out and admitted that he is going to look to younger players. In my book, that means people like Harry Kane, not me. I will not be happy sitting on a bench watching my team-mates play every week. I need to be on the pitch and playing for the shirt. It feels like I have been ruled out of contention straight from the off, even though the other players are not that much younger than me, I have been playing for several years now, and that experience, I feel, should set me apart from others.”
Getting On: Adebayor’s teammate Soldado is 29 - and his nose is firmly in joint
When asked about Adebayor’s statements, fellow striker Roberto Soldado (29), was a lot more understanding than is Togolese counterpart. The Spaniard has put forward the view that, for the good of the team, youth must be given a chance:
”I think what the manager said last week should be seen positively. Harry [Kane] is an incredible talent, and after working with him over the Summer, I can safely say that he would push me and Emmanuel for a starting position. There is no point ruling players in or out based purely on age, and that is not what the manager has done.
“I think Emmanuel is annoyed because he is one of the oldest members of the team, but the experience that he has would be sorely missed if he were to leave. With a new manager coming in, we should all be pulling together and working as a group to help everybody reach their potential.”
With no clubs reporting any interest in Adebayor, has he thrown the toys from the pram one time too many?