We watched Emmanuel Adebayor score two good goals in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win over Tottenham last night, in the quarter final first leg of the European Champions League.
Emmanuel Adebayor – in action last night against Spurs
Peter Crouch was sent off after only 15 minutes for two reckless tackles, and that completely changed the game.
Adebayor – who is younger than we thought, having just turned 27 in February, is said to be keen to return to the English Premier League.
This is what the 38 times capped Tonga International said:
“I have been playing in England for five years, I had the chance to play in France for a couple of years, so it is a good time for me to play in Spain,”
“If I have the chance to go back to England one day, why not? I will never throw England away. I love the football, I love the atmosphere.”
‘But don’t get me wrong, I am very happy where I am, the future will show where I go but for now I am just happy to be on the football pitch again, playing football.”
That doesn’t sound to us like a player desperate to return to England, and of course Real Madrid will have first refusal on the player, and we don’t know if Jose Mourinho will want to make the deal permanent in the summer.
But the Tongan played very well last night, and Jose Mourinho seems to have rekindled the spirit in the player, since he seemed lively all night, before being replaced by Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is coming back from injury.
It’s not surprising that the the former Arsenal striker wants regular first team football, after having a bad time of things at Manchester City, but whether Newcastle would be a good place for the player to move to, is a good question.
We would have thought that Emmanuel would want European Football, because he has always had that at Arsenal, and could be playing in the final of the European Champions League this season, and presumably at the very least – the semi-final of that tournament.
We don’t think there is much truth in this report, but he’s an interesting player to be sure, and he could score the goals at Newcastle, and even wear the number 9 shirt.
His record is very good, and he has played for Metz, Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid on loan, and in 344 total club appearances he has 121 goals.
While at Arsenal the 6’4″ striker played 143 games with 62 goals in the Premier League.
It’s clear that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will want to unload him this summer, plus a number of other players, to get the massive wage bill reduced at the Eastlands’ club.
When we first saw the report about Adebayor, we thought he’d be too old, but that’s not really true, but he will certainly be expensive at £18M, and he’s the finished article rather than a younger player who can still improve.
His wage demands could also be sky high, but it’s an interesting report nevertheless.
What do you think about this?