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Has Adebayor let Spurs down?

It is hardly a huge shock the Emmanuel Adebayor has decided at the last minute to represent Togo in the African Cup of Nations, but has his timing and supposed indecision let Spurs down?

It is hard to fully argue that Adebayor or any player is wrong in wanting to represent his country, and certainly in the case of Adebayor, it is unlikely that he will get to a World Cup, and Togo are not the most obvious of footballing super powers, so can we really begrudge him wanting to play in South Africa and enjoy his moment, but what I find most annoying is the way he has drawn the whole saga out and for me disrespected both his club and country in his will he, won't he go.

Though he has hardly set the world alight since making his permanent switch to Tottenham, an injury to Jermain Defoe could be a major problem for Spurs and though the club have been diplomatic in stating that they are happy for Adebayor to go and they have options, is that really the case, when Dempsey and Sigurdsson are far happier and more natural playing off of a main striker, as opposed to being one.

There is always the defence that if you buy an African player, you run the risk of losing them to this competition, so if there is an injury crisis at WHL, is that simply down to a lack of planning on the part of Spurs, as realistically, Adebayor staying or going, wasn't nessesarily going to guarantee that a new striker would have arrived, and even if he did it wasn't a given that he would hit the ground running.

Perhaps I have underestimated Adebayor's problems with his participation, however, does leaving it this late indicate a lack of respect and loyalty to his club, something he has been accused of several times in his playing career? There is an increasing feeling that Spurs will look to sell the player, as soon as they can bring in a replacement, though with the ACN and his being cup tied from European competition, is any move more likely to be in the summer as opposed to this month.

Today I read that Juventus are interested and of course QPR and Harry have been linked, but unless there is friction in the Tottenham camp, I would be amazed if Spurs sold or loaned him this month, unless they managed to get in very good replacement(s) and were made a very attractive offer for his services, however, based on form, fitness and perhaps the feeling that he isn't a team player, I can see AVB looking to cash in sooner rather than later, and though I very much doubt that Adebayor is a player who has regrets, I do feel that if this move fails, the blame will lie firmly at Emmanuel's door and I don't think too many fans will be surprised or upset at his departure, just as long as the right player comes in...

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Date:Monday January 7 2013

Time: 7:00PM


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