Yesterday afternoon SKY Sports broke a story that Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor was subject to a loan inquiry from Paris Saint-Germain. This was then backed up by the Telegraph who claim that the French champions have been in dialogue with the North London club about a potential deal. So would the 30-year-old striker be a good signing?
My readers know that for weeks I have called for the club to sign a striker to help aid Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Having just two strikers is not enough, especially when you are competing in four competitions as we are. Zlatan’s fitness has been an issue this season and that has heaped the pressure on Cavani as being the only recognised striker when the Swede has been out. To top it off, Cavani’s no-show at the winter tour last month resulted in him being given a two-match suspension by the club which again, left us with just one striker to call upon.
We have never replaced Kevin Gameiro since he moved to Sevilla in the summer of 2013. As talented and lucrative as Ibra and Cavani are, common sense needs to come into play. No other top club across Europe that is contesting for the biggest prizes has just two strikers. They have at least three or four! The amount of matches we have coming up emphasises the need for an extra body up top and by signing a player of Adebayor’s ability on a short-term loan would be a shrewd move in my opinion.
His attitude will be the biggest gripe people have towards him. He is not exactly endeared to by his own supporters at White Hart Lane but a move could do him the world of good. You can see why we would be interested. He has the attributes, has played in Ligue 1 before, would be eligible for the Champions League and would not cost a penny. All the club would need to do is contribute to his £100,000 per week wage packet. Financial Fair Play sanctions last summer mean we need to be cunning in the market and this could be a stroke of genius or a massive flop. Either way it is a gamble – but one worth taking.
The next couple of weeks are huge in defining the rest of our campaign. If anything was to happen to Zlatan or Cavani, it would leave us in a precarious position. Having an extra striker in the ranks would make a difference.