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Has Adebayor let Spurs down?

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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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Monday January 7 2013
Time: 7:00PM

Comments

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Not really his choice to play for. His country
vdvdaman
07/01/2013 19:02:00
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Good chance we could get a good 2ND striker
vdvdaman
07/01/2013 19:03:00
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I think his timing sucks. It was the same when he joined us in the summer as has been frequently voiced on here. We were well and truly warned by both his previous clubs of his approach and loyalty to anyone bar himself
Big Ron
07/01/2013 19:06:00
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The plus side is that Daniel may buy another striker and he still has time before deadline day
Big Ron
07/01/2013 19:07:00
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If we push the boat out for one signing now, it has to be Damaio.
vicspur
07/01/2013 19:17:00
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If it forces us to splash the cash on a striker then, no he's done us a big favour! lol Can't fault someone for wanting to play for their country, same with Gio with his constant disappearing off to play for Mexico. Can't blame them but they can't then whinge when we bring in someone in their place and they then don't play.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 19:18:00
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We just need a new striker really. I don't think Adebayor's played badly this season, but only in the same way that Franco di Santo and Emile Heskey don't play badly. Strikers need goals and for one reason or another they've not come thick and fast for Adebayor this season. One thing I always say about Defoe is that he's a good player but not one you want to rely on. He masters getting 10 goals in 10 games but he's also prone to going 5 or 6 games without a goal too.
Bernio Villas-Spuras
07/01/2013 19:19:00
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Bad form from Ade really, but this season he has been a real let down for us. Maybe a trip to SA will help him to regain some form. On the flip side It's a good thing really in that it should convince DL that we need to buy a striker as a matter of urgency this Jan.
Cleveland ARTSPURS
07/01/2013 19:20:00
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I think he let spurs down on saturday against coventry. he ambled about for most of the match and was so slow when put through in great positions, he looked like he had concrete boots on. Perhaps a holiday in the sun may perk him up a bit!
dannispur
07/01/2013 19:20:00
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AVB says he left the decision to Ade. Look Ade could have done a hamstring in trainng and he would have been out for the same amount of time. It's Levy's and AVB's choice to go with only two main strikers so what will be will be. When Ade was injued previously Defoe was ok..ish up front on his own. We'll manage alright, have faith.
Andre's Crouching
07/01/2013 19:21:00
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I just love how we pile on whenever a player hasn't reached his best form or is perceived to be lacking in "loyalty". Please give the player a break. He's been through a difficult situation of being almost killed by he president of his country calls him and asks him to play. You don't refuse if the Queen asks you to play for England, do you? I just find that we are so quick to put players down without knowing what is affecting them. I think Ade is an excellent footballer and just requires more games to get into a groove.
jvd
07/01/2013 19:22:00
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Wow somehow "terrorists." got left out of my post... after "killed by"
jvd
07/01/2013 19:24:00
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Ade has been below par since signing permanently but he had no pre season, a couple of injuries and has played a different role behind Defoe so I think the form problem might be helped by playing three games (at least) in quick succession. With regards to letting us down, we don't know how he feels or what he has talked about with the club, maybe they pushed him to go and play for his country but he was torn between going and staying and therefore waited until the last minute, maybe he is a complete *****er. But one things for sure if your the star man in your national football team and the captain you should be playing for your country no matter what and if the problems have been sorted to his satisfaction then so be it. Lets hope he finds some form and comes back playing the same as last year to get us over the line and back to the champions league!
Jantheman
07/01/2013 19:24:00
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Had enough of Ade.
Tottenham Hotcore
07/01/2013 19:25:00
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Have the - we are only singing when we are winning - group of supporters, with a thier lack of support recently for Adebayor left him thinking "what do I owe that lot" Might this be a influence in his choice.
camper
07/01/2013 19:25:00
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Together everything re. Adebayor's dealings with Spurs this season has "let us down". Firstly he was late coming whilst trying to wring the last few quid out of Man City, then he got "injured", then he finally appeared on the pitch with a demenour and attitude that makes Berbatov appear dedicated. He has been about as much use to us this season, as "tits on a boar pig". We should now buy a "proper striker", not a "stand in", and when he returns he can fight it out with Defoe, for the stand in, or second striker role. We need a striker with a proven goal scoring record, both on the deck and in the air, somebody ambitious, and keen to succeed. Unfortunately selling him would be very difficult, due to his salary arrangements, and the heavy subsidy from Man Ciy, which they probably wouldn't continue with a subsequent owner, exposing them to his £175K/Wk salary, who would pay that.
Frank
07/01/2013 19:27:00
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He couldn't even bother to keep fit during the summer, what do WE owe him?
Tottenham Hotcore
07/01/2013 19:28:00
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In his defence, this late decision may be more to do with awaiting re-assurances from the Togo FA re security. Unless anyone else has been through what this guy has (almost shot), it is unfair to start pointing fingers. ANYONE would be proud to represent their country, he is no different.

If DL and AVB thought that Ade was NOT going to the ANC, that notion would imo be very naive. In fact I am convinced they were over 90% certain that he was going to go. In which case, the club knows exactly the situation it puts us in re the striker options. Despite all the charade of AVB stating that we don't need to buy in this windows imo is purely a smoke screen (noting also that we have already signed two players!!). I am convinced a striker will be recruited as a matter of urgency, not only because of the missing ineffective Ade!

I have also suggested before that going to ANC may actually do Ade a world of good. Get away from the Spurs camp and make it happen at the ANC. If he is a success at the ANC, it's a win/win situation for us. He may come back to us raring to go or he can be sold for a higher price. Conversely of course, he may fail at the ANC and we'd be no better off!

Regardless, imo, we will see a new striker keeping Defoe on his toes. Defoe has been pants of late and I wouldn't want to see this situation go to his head thinking he is guaranteed a start. COYS!
Critical_Spur
07/01/2013 19:29:00
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Has he actually gone, as there is nothing official and there are reports stating the the Togolese President asked to see him. If that is the case, he may return and not play.
Based on his current form, i'm sure many wouldn't care less if he did go. I hope he does not as a couple of goals would i believe change his attitude and our perception of it.
He is in short supply of confidence and he could go and get a bagful of goals which would help but would leave us short up front unless Levy has a striker up his sleeve.
miamispur
07/01/2013 19:29:00
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We simply cannot afford to take a chance on Defoe getting injured, or suspended, or kid ourselves we can rely on a partnership between him and Dempsey to see us through. It is vital we continue our good form until the end of the season to qualify for the CL. Time to spend a few quid on a quality striker.
Frank
07/01/2013 19:35:00
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We are desperately short up front. Ade looks like he can't be bothered and unfortunately Defoe's only ability is to stick the ball in the net. When he hits a patch and fails to score, we get nothing. Mr Levy, you know this, get that forward that makes a difference. Back the manager. COYS!
RAF Yid
07/01/2013 19:37:00
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Looking at the fixture list he'll be off during a period where, barring United at the Lane, we have a lot of "winnable" fixtures. The problem is it'll be easy to think we can get through these games without him but any points dropped due to that kind of complacency would be a disaster. We'd be far better off getting a goal scorer in to make certain of the points rather than take a chance & risk blowing CL by dropping points against the lesser lights.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 19:44:00
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99% agree with Critical Spur, saves me the time to type it all, except for the last paragraph. No new striker to be signed, Dempsey & Siggy will get more game time instead.
thenuge
07/01/2013 19:45:00
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Going to the ACN cannot be seen as being disloyal to Spurs. Comes with the territory. Where I am annoyed with Adebayor comes from not being available for selection for our first game this season. That showed to me that all that mattered to the player was extra money. He was going to get good money regardless. The only good thing about that situation is that if another team comes in for him, the wages for the next 4 years are affordable for most teams in Europa and CL. I expect players to show a certain professionalism when it comes to their employer, and I believe as this has been lacking. Can't blame the player. When he was not available for Newcastle, I'd have looked elsewhere.

Defoe is what he is, a .0 per 90 minute goal machine who scores in bunches. Don't believe me, do the math. Oddly, in all competitions 28 appearances, 14 goals, 9 from 4 and 5 from the other 24. His goals per 90 minutes this year in all competitions, a whopping .59. He is consistent, I'll give him that much.

The one area where we dominate is getting corners and crosses in to the box. Lennon and Bale have been superlative in that regard this season, yet there's no one there to put them home. We need a striker who can do that. That never has been Defoe and never will be Defoe. Get that player in and we will be scary good with a goal differential that looks more like CL. COYS
peterballb
07/01/2013 19:46:00
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Hi guys, hope you don't mind me joining in the debate about one of our former superstars. The last time he went over there his team bus were ambushed and he had an extra stop-over while he 'recuperated' from Post Traumatic Stress. I have to say I wasn't 100% convinced. He comes over as a little too wrapped up in himself to be getting worked up over somebody else getting killed - but I might be being harsh. He didn't seem in a rush to come back to England for counselling or treatment either. Has he been injured ? I've just been on fantasy.premierleague.com and it looks like it's only the last 3-4 games when he's played the full 90 minutes or thereabouts. Anyway, as a City fan I'm glad to see the back of him and look on the bright side, you only paid £11.5 million for him (including the £5 million loan fee from the previous season). He cost us £26 million !! Not to mention the reported £170K per week wages.
CITYBOY1000
07/01/2013 19:47:00
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Selfish? Maybe not when he has reservations about his teams security - others might have suffered some sort of a breakdown after what he experienced. Let's be clear - he was in the middle of a massacre and survived purely through chance - and lax security was the reason. He's the only voice in his team that the authorities take notice of - and the evidence suggests they can't organise a *****-up in a brewery. I got *****ed off with Ade faffing about in the summer, but it's not simply a money issue on this occassion. He hasn't been at his best, but he can be consistant and is a massive member of our squad. If he hadn't been unlucky in the Gooners match (when he looked amazing) it could have been a different story for him this season so far. As someone said - we might get another striker out of it. Why do we have to take up such polemic situations whenever a player goes off the boil? He looks lazy even when he's working his bollox off - but he's 10X the player Pav was at Spurs and will have a big part to play for us after the ACN. COYS! We don't have to constantly single players out and dismiss them, do we?
DocHotspurs
07/01/2013 19:50:00
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He hasn't let us down as he has every right to play for his country. If we don't sign a striker this January we may fall short of 4th place. It's the wrong idea relying on Defoe to get us the goals because it just won't happen. Please Mr Levy... now is the perfect time to bring in damaio.
01tottenham
07/01/2013 19:56:00
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At every club in England where he has been, whether Arsenal, Man City, or Tottenham, it appears that the person top of his agenda is himself. Somebody mentioned loyalty, this is a quality almost non-existent in the modern footballer, with very few exceptions (one club players like Terry, Gerrard, and King) it is missing.
Frank
07/01/2013 19:58:00
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Whether he goes or not, it changes nothing. We are and have been all season, desperately short of options to spearhead our attack. Personally I wouldn't lose a minutes sleep if he never pulled the shirt on again, never wanted him here and constantly warned against signing the bloke too. Forget about us selling him too, he's not going to leave on anyones terms but his own and nobody will offer him anything like the deal that the 'shrewd' Levy has given him. We're well and truly lumbered with one of the most overrated players of his generation. Get a proper world class striker Mr Levy and let Ade fight it out for that second spot, everyone will then see him for exactly what he is, a petulant and spoilt child who hasn't got the stomach for a fight.
thfc1882whl
07/01/2013 20:01:00
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Whatever his reasons for leaving the decision this late he may have done us a favour. He hasn't been the same player we had on loan last season and I don't think he will be as his motivation seems to have evaporated. Maybe a spell playing for Togo will re-energise him and we'll see the 'old' Adebayor return after the tournament. Whatever happens we can't now risk not buying a top quality striker this month. If we do it may well make Adebayor's return to us irrelevant as his starting opportunities will be very limited.
SpuriousLife
07/01/2013 20:12:00
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VICSPUR has nailed it in one sentence.
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 20:15:00
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JVD has nailed it in one sentence, any chance of picking up jenas and giving him a lift?
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 20:17:00
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SPU 4 LIFE has nailed it two sentences
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 20:18:00
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@cityboy1000: Thanks for popping over and having a pop at one of your ‘learnt an expensive lesson’ rejects. I think it is fait to say that we were fully aware of his attitude problems as well his inevitable financial demands, having spent the luxurious time at the Etihad!. I think everyone recognises on his day he is a very good player as demonstrated at the Emirates and the Etihad, though it’s the baggage he carries with him that makes it so frustrating to have him in your side. As for the £26 million and the £170K pw wages, well, get your house in order before reminding us of the figures!. Would be interesting to see what you recover from the likes of Lescott and Balotelli.....!!

@thenuge: Have faith mate. I am confident about DL supporting AVB in this window and feel it in my water that a striker is on his way!. One could understand Danny not supporting ‘arry due to the already bulging squad and the growing discontent amongst the high profile (international) ‘fringe’ players as well as his infatuation with the ‘past-it’ brigade. Everything so far points to a fantastic rebuilding of the team for the future. Watch this space mate!. COYS!
Critical_Spur
07/01/2013 20:19:00
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BREAKING NEWS; On the striker front, x-Manchster United apprentice currently playing for Blue Square North league leaders Chester FC and brother of Nicky Butt, former boyfriend of Vicky Pollard, he has scored 32 goals in 24 games is subject to a medical and 1.5m at 23yrs old Yeah Butt could be the answer.
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 20:27:00
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Ade was right to apply pressure to the Togo FA re. security arrangements... as always, politicians everywhere will only do the right thing when pressure is applied, otherwise they'd rather do things on the cheap if at all.... if fans think that the issue was over a 1000 dollars a match payments than they really are silly beyond measure. it was always a security issue that Togo authorities said would take seriously then didnt... until the final hour when Ade gave them a lose-lose scenario... well done Emmanuel Adebayor.
Viyyash-Ramosh
07/01/2013 20:30:00
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BUY LEANDRO and SELL ADEBAYOR IN THE SUMMER
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 20:36:00
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He hasn`t let anyone down by playing for his country .
But he goes to the ACN with nobodies blessing or good luck .
Adebayor is a good footballer with a poor attitude ,surprised Levy didn`t see right through him ,normally sharper than that .I myself though great loan signing but permanent no chance .Only game he`s been up for this season was against Arsenal ,only because he made it personal .Adebayor V Arsenal that day ,not Spurs .Not just lettting the club & fans down ,but what about his own team mates ? I bet not many sad to see go.
Glad he`s gone & hope he doesn`t come back .T0$$er
big cockeral
07/01/2013 20:51:00
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I dont think we need to panic here. I am sure the club hierarchy knew what's going on with Ade. In current form Dempsey is better than Ade and thats the fact. Even if we dont buy a striker, Ade would be gone only for 4 games as Togo are not good enough to get through to knock outs. 4 games with Defoe, Dempsey, Gyfi and possibly Holtby is doable.
sydqcb5
07/01/2013 20:55:00
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Still makes no sense to me why the ANC is played in January. It keeps putting these players in a position where they have to make a choice and that isn't fair. No player should have to pick their club over country. Personally, I hope Adebayor goes and sets the tournament alight so he comes back with a lot of confidence. We need competition in all positions and he brings us that regardless of whether we sign another player in the next few weeks. My only downer on Adebayor is why at his age can't he find consistency. He is sometimes superb and then other times you can visibly see he is not putting in the effort. I could understand if his touch and passing went astray but effort and communication are the 2 easiest things about football. Anyway, I seriously hope we sign Damaio so we keep strengthening.
muttley
07/01/2013 20:58:00
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The one good thing Adebayor has done is highlight the fine achievements & attitude of our other new signings .
Vertonghen ,Dembele ,Lloris & the much improved Dempsey have really lit up our season ,along with the brilliant Bale & Sandro .
Adebayor is the only rotten apple so big up the rest of them .Putting that lilly white shirt on ,giving 100% & making us proud .That`s what we want to see ,respect is a 2 way thing .Adebayor wants his cake & eat it
big cockeral
07/01/2013 21:01:00
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When Ade signed, I EXPECTED him to go to the cup of nations.... I am not surprised. When Ade signed, I also EXPECTED him to have an inferior season compared to last. I just did not trust the guy. Maybe there is more to it than that...I don't know.... The only surprise I got was how WELL he played last season... But you ALWAYS have to be careful with successful loan moves made permanent... Remember Mido? I cannot think of one that worked out well... To think how many people wanted to break our wage structure for this guy! He is here now, so let's hope that the trip sparks some life into him. The long and short of it is that we need to buy a third striker one way or another - as cover, as competition, and successor...
TonyRich
07/01/2013 21:06:00
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As said many times leandro damnio will be coming!have faith.avb will not slip up on this one!falcoa to porto when we had been linked a year before.trust.our day.
Little spur
07/01/2013 21:07:00
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It's great news , now we can really push on,he has been shocking all season ,now go and get a decent forward .!!!!!
darrel999
07/01/2013 21:18:00
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"Players shouldn't have to choose between club an country", will Togo pay him £175K/Wk to play, or will we and Man City be expected to pay him for the four weeks off during his contracted period, I have always wondered this about the ACN falling in the middle of the season.
Frank
07/01/2013 21:19:00
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Mybe frank thats what its been about as he would not want to lose wages im sure!
Little spur
07/01/2013 21:23:00
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We need a striker now! Damiao/Remy/Michu/Negredo/Huntelaar/Soldado/Lewandowski/Dzeko Idc which 1 just get 1 in...im desperate, if defoe gets injured we'll have dempsey and siggy up front, eurgh i feel ill at that thought!
SpursSnM
07/01/2013 21:25:00
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Frank - the ACN falls in the middle of the season of most European leagues, but not all world leagues....
TonyRich
07/01/2013 21:42:00
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i really don't understand why ade gets so much stick on here. he was always likely to go to the ACN, just because he has tried to ensure better security and that the team gets paid for ALL the togo team by publicly playing hardball doesn't mean to say that he hasn't made it clear to the club that he intends to go if he can. as for this so called bad attitude, he has had to play second fiddle to defoe and he doesn't like it, while we would get more out of him if he was the main striker alongside dempsey. he has more to his game so he ends up having to accommodate defoe because he can. his attitude in this situation is way way better than defoe's would be if he was dropped. the only striker to storm down the tunnel in a petulant fit was defoe when he was subbed a few games back.
Guernman
07/01/2013 21:43:00
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I'm delighted if he's announced he'll play for Togo since it will force DL to bring in someone else. And the gods know we need to bring in someone else at striker. As to Adebayor, he surely has talent. Can AVB find a way to bring him back to using it? Perhaps that's asking too much of AVB. But Adebayor certainly has a history of wasting his talent far too often. I'd be happy to bring in Drogba for half a season.
Total knobhead
07/01/2013 21:47:00
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SpursSnM - out of that list, Negredo is tops. He is 27 (upper age limit), overlooked by Spain AND the bigger Spain clubs, needs to prove himself, Sevilla not doing well in league any more. Change of scenery could interest him...
TonyRich
07/01/2013 21:53:00
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It's blatantly obvious.. WE NEED A STRIKER!! We are crying out for a striker! We should buy Damiao and we'll be sorted! If defoe gets injured or one of his dry spells then we dont have to just rely on Ade cos lets face it he is hardly reliable!!
TornadoYid
07/01/2013 21:59:00
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I'd seriously worry if we decided to simply stick with what we have. No injuries, fine we'd cope but if one is out from Sig, Dempsey or Defoe we'd be screwed. What if say Dempsey got injured & we were left with Sig & Defoe? That's not bad you might say but what if after 60mins it's not working? What are the central attacking options on the bench? Coulibaly & Ceballos? Though talented they're completely untested at any kind of professional level, never mind top 3, FA cup & Europa League. We need at least 1 new attacking option this window at a very bare minimum.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 22:00:00
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"Where I am annoyed with Adebayor comes from not being available for selection for our first game this season. That showed to me that all that mattered to the player was extra money. He was going to get good money regardless."

I don't know about this. Adebayor, so far as I understood things, wanted to make sure he got the money to which he was already contractually obligated. My problem with the lad is that he hasn't seemed to have his head into playing since he started playing. Now that's hard to accept.

I suspect matters aren't simple inside this man. It's not simply a matter of laziness. He's a complicated character, and not always switched on, which he damned well ought to be.

Total knobhead
07/01/2013 22:07:00
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Hate to sound even more grim but factor in the way Dempsey & Sig are also used as 1st cover in our wide attacking positions & our final third is starting to look thread bare. I hope AVB's comments about Willian & Damiao are a little hint to what we have in store because if we have just a little bad luck with injuries we'll need them.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 22:09:00
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BIG TIME. Get shot.
tophobunty
07/01/2013 22:09:00
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We are about to put in a bid of £15m for Leandro Damiao http://www.spurs.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7514257
chrishove123
07/01/2013 22:09:00
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What are you on about, chrishove123? That's this thread. lol.
Total knobhead
07/01/2013 22:12:00
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Facts is facts. Defoe, if he scores as he has for his entire career, and plays every minute for the balance of the season, he will get 10 more goals. Now before everyone bangs on about how great that number is, please keep in mind that we will need at least 34-40 more goals this season to see us through, assuming we continue to tighten up defensively. Also keep in mind that Defoe will likely get 6 or 7 of those goals in three of those games. So who exactly is scoring all of these other goals we need? Adebayor looks completely isolated when alongside Defoe. Dempsey and Defoe have shown me nothing of chemistry. Bale, Lennon and Dempsey are not likely to fire in 20 goals between them, which is the amount our scorers must add to Defoe's totals to make up the difference (assuming the non-scorers etc continue to contribute here and there). WE NEED A STRIKER. It has to be someone who can get on the end of the crosses, who is a threat on set pieces and who can play off of another strike partner. I swear we have all said this before. COYS
peterballb
07/01/2013 22:12:00
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i am quite happy to blow my own trumpet and say that i mentioned that ade going to the ACON will be a problem,so well done me.your welcome.....seriously,i am a bit angry that levy or AVB didn't have the foresight to see this situation occurring 5 or 6 months ago.2 out-and-out strikers is not enough for any club,especially for a club with "ambition",and if one of those strikers is from an African nation then it's pure idiocy not to buy another striker during the summer window as every/most African players like to play for their country.so what happens now?i really hope levy put his hands in Mr lewis's pockets and buys a proven goal scorer that should really have been bought in the summer.........question:is BAE also going to the ACON?(just a thought).
g. roberts testes
07/01/2013 22:21:00
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Total knobhead Woops wrong tab LOL here's the right link.  LOL ................ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1473514-tottenham-hotspur-transfer-news-spurs-close-to-deal-for-leandro-damiao
chrishove123
07/01/2013 22:26:00
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peterballb You're spot on but I'd go further & say that just bringing in a striker will not get us those goals. We need more from other areas. Of all of our attacking positions(if we add a striker) It'd have to be Lennon replaced by a RW who chips in with goals. Lennon for all his merits only gets 6 a season & just doesn't have a goalscorers instinct. The odd nice finish doesn't mask the fact that he isn't a player that you can rely on to get his fair share of goals.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 22:26:00
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Peterballb, re goals. I wouldn't mind a wager at the bookies for Bale to be our top scorer this season!
Critical_Spur
07/01/2013 22:36:00
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I wouldn't pay any mind to a Damiao article until it's all over the press that we've agreed a fee with his club & are in advanced talks with him, including pictures of him at the training ground. All this "Spurs are considering a move" "Spurs will offer" "Spurs prepare bid" is all speculation
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 22:38:00
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He was always more likely to play than not play in the tournament. He is captain of Togo. His sense of theatre with his will he/won't he, is par for the course and in football with all its egotists is hardly confined to him. His decision will not really have surprised too many people at Tottenham and spokesmen have been sympathetic and supportive. His going to an Africa tournament is no more outrageous than lots of footballers getting involved in European international friendlies and competitive matches. Quite a few clubs are affected. If clubs don't like it, well then sign players from continents other than Africa, Asia, Europe or the Americas.
Airwave
07/01/2013 22:39:00
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Leandro Damião has been in a slump for the past year. Damiao scored 24 goals in 43 appearances for Internacional in 2012, compared with 40 in 51 matches in 2011. Maybe we can get a discounted price. He was a bit dinged up physically in the past year. Was healthier the year before.
Total knobhead
07/01/2013 22:40:00
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g.robertstestes  We've done well enough already without Benny so a few more weeks won't matter. I still say we should cash in in him as I really don't think he is good enough for us to go up to the next level. Too many times he has lost concentration or can't think his way out of trouble and seems to panic a bit and consequently has cost us  points.
chrishove123
07/01/2013 22:42:00
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Spurs Allday, I agree hat we need more contribution from all around which is why I believe Scheijder/Kaka on loan would be brilliant. That said, how many goals are we missing out on because o all the crosses. Really, with the supply, Defoe should be on 15-17 goals, if not more. He is nowhere near the crosses. I'd blame Bale and Lennon but most of them are in the same area and seem awfully tantalyzing on TV and live. According to ESPN he has taken 80 shots and virtually none of those are from crosses. A few from cutbacks, I'll grant, but he inevitably runs in behind a 6'3" defender to attack a cross. Probability of success -0. We need better and it has to be someone that can link up. Not blaming him. He has always been that sort of striker. COYS
peterballb
07/01/2013 22:43:00
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g.robertstestes I'l try this again. We have done well enough without Benny so far so a few more weeks without him won't hurt. I still say we should cash in on him ASAP as I really don't think he is good enough for us to be able to push onwards and upwards. he loses concentration to many times and seems to be unable to think his way out of trouble and sort of panics a bit not quite knowing what to do consequently losing us points.
chrishove123
07/01/2013 22:45:00
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Total knobhead Maybe with AVB's magical medical team we can sort him out.
chrishove123
07/01/2013 22:47:00
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I think we will get a striker regardless. If we don't I would question who is actually running the show.
hudderspur
07/01/2013 22:47:00
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@chrishove123:very true,but is it pure coincidence that he's fit just as this tournament begins?maybe it's just a matter of timing....mmmm?
g. roberts testes
07/01/2013 22:48:00
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Chrishove123, Benny is one my favourite players. He and Bale together were unplayable. Also, he is more dangerous on the wing than Walker on the other side. I think you are being a bit harsh about his lapses. Certainly far less than Walker!. We all agree that almost every player has lapses (Caulker of late) and SOME TIMES those mistakes lead to conceding a goal. But Benny for me is very experienced and settled at the Lane. I still chuckle when he bamboozles the opponent to escape out of our defence!

Despite saying all of the above, I wouldn’t be toooo disappointed if we cashed in on him. Long term and youth development perhaps suggests he will be sold. But what about Parker, Friedel and Gallas (even Defoe at 30 yrs old).

Knowing Levy, he will probably give him another 2-year contract in order to increase his worth.
Critical_Spur
07/01/2013 22:58:00
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P.S. And all this talk about youth... Well it is not a case of flicking over a switch and we are youthful!. A phase in, phase out. So Benny for now stays! :0)
Critical_Spur
07/01/2013 23:01:00
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Critical_Spur My main problem with benny is that he isn't the sort of player to lay himself on the line for the team the way someone like, and I hate to say this, terry would as he admits he plays for the money and not the passion of playing for Spurs or football in general. Yeah I admit he can be pretty good but I think we need players with a passion and love for the game and the team not one who has a passion for the cash and not football. He is a great guy and I do admire him hugely as a person but we have to think of the team and not the individual as they are not greater or bigger than the team. Maybe that goes for Ade to a certain extent as well. ???
chrishove123
07/01/2013 23:06:00
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