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Good morning.

The Daily Seige Heil is reporting an impasse in the negotiations to secure the services of Adebayor. Allegedly we’re prepared to pay the old girl £100,000 a week. I do hope our illustrious medics were close by if and when Levy & Co. said they’d be prepared to sign of that one.

But is there a problem? Ade was on the telly last week, on ESPN in fact saying he knew that a financial sacrifice had to be made and that he was prepared to make it. Part *groans* of the piece is here, but he did continue and trot out some genuinely heart warming stuff about having come from nothing, he now had everything and he wanted to be happy. He was happy at Spurs.

So if the financials are a figment of some facista newspaper, the burning question is, ‘is he worth it?’

As a striker he been out performed the Midget Gem aka the boy Defoe; who has scored 2 more goals than him, despite making 3 fewer appearances. 

So the cold hard facts say if anyone is to be first choice, if any frontman is to be on the top lolly then it’s Jermain. But that doesn’t stack up. If the problem with Adebayor is that he doesn’t score enough – and let’s face it 9 from 19 is hardly prolific –  then it’s one I can live with.

What he offers to the team beyond scoring himself is worth the money. He’s had a few duff games, which I’m sure he’s well aware of, but by and large his contributions every match have been immense.

Everyday pro’s and cons? He’s unselfish no matter where he is on the park. I get the distinct impression when he plays a ball be it on the half way line or across the other lot’s six yard line he tries to make the most useful pass he can. His first touch has been a little ropy on occasion, but by contrast he is rarely flagged offside, he rarely concedes free kicks… he clearly has a rigorous dental hygiene programme…

The bottom line is that he is a gifted, intelligent team player with an excellent  Europe wide footballing pedigree and we should go all out to snap him up. 

Defoe is a different player. And if Arry or whoever is managing us next season can swing it we need JD to remain as a cameo. This is going to sound patronising no matter how I word it, but in a nutshell… 

In 20 minutes from Jermain we get a condensed version of him across 90. He’s the very definition of a super sub. He zips out like a heat seeker. Single minded and frequently close to unstoppable. Over 90 minutes I’m struggling to recall when we last saw such an impact.

Defoe and Ade are both class acts in their way. Both occasionally frustrating. But if you want value, you sometimes gotta pay for it.


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  • Jubaspur says:

    Hard to understand some of the negativity towards Ade. I’m with Harry – far more positives than negatives, and can’t remember a comparable striker (only six years as a Spurs fan tthough). Bit too much of a gamble to think we can bring in a big name (Rossi) who will immediately adjust to England and perform at Ade’s level.

  • skywatcher says:

    Ade is good but not that good for the wonger he is getting. We can get Modric sold for atleast 50m from the Arab’s now…..good on yer Levy!

    Lots of cash to buy 2 quality players.

  • lecoqhardi says:

    Jesus H. Corbett. Ledley, William, and Ryan in CD next season? Now if we can just get Phil Neville, Beckham, and Joe Cole, we’ll be sorted. Maybe Owen and K. Davies up front. You sometimes think Arry would love a team like that.
    Please, Engerland. Take Arry. Take him now.

  • nobby nobbs says:

    If you were going to break the club wage structure would you do it for Adebeyor ?
    I feel Adebeyor has done well and been expected to hold up play create goals and score without a regular strking partner.However if we have to pay Adebeyor 170 grand a week how much will we have to pay Damaio (my preferred choice)and our other superstars.

  • harryhotspur says:

    Personally I believe Ade is not the answer! Spurs should be looking at signing Cavani and/or Huntelaar! They wud both fit in with the way we play! A new winger is a must in the summer we look inbalanced wen Lennon is injured! Hazard/Krasic or Hoilett! Caulker must be kept but we still need a new CB like Vertonghen or this promising Argentinian we jus got linked with! Harry recently commented on Huntelaar I saw it somewhere so he is a possibility! I cant see Ade staying anyway with his wages! Cud see Harry making a bargain move for Berba but if they are looking at Modric I wudnt want to get involved with Man Utd!For all u Spurs fans slating Defoe he must be kept,he is Spurs through and through and he is a great supersub and is needed wen playing 2 upfront in certain games! VDV is key to any possibility of getting Huntelaar and VDV has got us 10 points this year and he gives us a different dimension wen we play! All in all Ade no thankyou! Personally Cavani and Huntelaar yes! Cavani has a great workrate,is fast,good header of the ball,scores 20-25 goals a season,holds the ball up well! He plays for Napoli and has proved he can do it in CL this year, Napoli are also an Italian version of Spurs so wud fit right in! I dnt think there is much left in Saha

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