It’s all about Emmanuel Adebayor and his proposed move to Manchester City again today with City manager Mark Hughes confirming that his club and Arsenal are in negotiations to sell the Togolese striker. It’s another significant step towards the transfer of Adebayor after yesterday’s news that City put in a £20 million plus bid for the player. Hughes had this to say about the situation:
“There’s been discussions between ourselves and Arsenal but, as is my usual response about players that we haven’t signed, really it’s not the right time or place to discuss that – only in as much as, yes, there has been contact. There’s a deal to be done possibly but it’s not been concluded as we speak.”
Judging from those words I really can’t see anything other than Adebayor leaving Arsenal now. It’s clear that City want him and Arsene Wenger is happy to leave him go and obviously money is not going to be a problem. Carlos Tevez was unveiled yesterday and I’m fully expecting Adebayor to go the same way within a couple of days once City and Arsenal sort out the particulars.
I mentioned yesterday that I’ll be sad to see Adebayor go and I stand by that point of view, much as I feel it is a good move for Arsenal. In my opinion he is a world class player and someone who has given Arsenal something unique over the past couple of seasons with his height and pace. However, as Ray Parlour has so eloquently put it, all the height and pace in world is worth nothing without the effort or motivation:
“He was too lazy at times last season and just didn’t do it. His attitude amazed me at times last season when he just didn’t put it in. Sometimes if things are not going well for you, you have to show desire.”
You can’t deny that Parlous is absolutely spot on. Adebayor’s attitude has been poor on and off the pitch and at the end of the day, no matter how talented a player could or should be, if his head isn’t in the right place he shouldn’t be part of the squad. Baring that in mind, it is certainly the right decision to let him go particularly considering the transfer fee being bandied around could be as high as £30 million.
There was quite a bit of discussion in yesterday’s post about the need for a replacement as well as some suggestions on who it could be. The name Marouane Chamakh was understandably spoken of, as indeed was unwanted Real Madrid forward Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
My opinion is that I’m not overly concerned if Adebayor is replaced by a world-class option ready to step. I know a lot of people will disagree with me but I think Nicklas Bendtner is mentally ready to be relied upon as a first-choice player and the exit of Adebayor could pave the way to the big Dane coming of age as a striker. He scored 15 goals last season given limited opportunities and I think with more responsibility he’s really going to flourish.
Add to that Eduardo, who is class even despite question marks over his fitness and Robin van Persie, who is one of the best strikers in England as well as Andrey Arshavin, Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott and I don’t really see the desperate need to sign a Samuel Eto’o or Karim Benzema. Someone like Chamakh, who could slot in nicely to the group, would do nicely.
Anyway, enough for today. I’ll speak to you tomorrow.
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