The trials and tribulations of Emmanuel Adebayor would make for a decent sitcom on their own, the frontman not a stranger to the limelight both on and off the pitch.
It has been a summer dogged by personal trauma and footballing exile for the enigmatic frontman and has this week sparked suggestions that a loan move to QPR could be in the offing. Surely a desirable deal for both player and club?
Harry Redknapp, as he so often does, has made no secret of his desire to bring in the striker on a short-term deal. Speaking to the collective press he had the following to say on the subject:
“He’d be a great loan, that’s for sure,” Redknapp said.
“I don’t know what will happen with him. He’s a good player but it’s up to Tottenham, they have lots of good players. He can’t go on loan in the Premier League, he can only go into the Championship, but whether he’d want to do that – it would be difficult I think.”
Boosted by the financial backing of Tony Fernandes, QPR would have no problem meeting the wage requirements of the Togolese striker. But as Redknapp highlights the sticking point would largely lie with the player himself. Would Adebayor be happy sanctioning such a move?
AVB has already made mention of Ade rejecting offers from abroad, so why would a move to QPR be so much more enticing? A step down to the Championship for a player all too happy to sit on the bench doesn’t seem all that logical. Still a world-class footballer in my book, a move down a division would be an unnecessary backward step with the striker probably still holding out for that lucrative move abroad in January.
Adebayor still offers the most suitable back up to Roberto Soldado at Spurs, and his departure even now would be an unfortunate one. A season with Defoe and Kane supporting Soldado leaves me slightly uneasy with the chance of injury and fatigue.
Does Redknapp really have a chance of pulling off this transfer coup?