Rumor Mill: Former Real Madrid striker linked with Chelsea
A recent rumor surrounding Chelsea is that 31-year-old Tottenham Hotspur forward Emanuel Adebayor is being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Guardian and The Independent are the only reliable sources to publish this news so far but as time passes by, we will surely get some more updates on the situation. The former Arsenal, Real Madrid, and Manchester City frontman is currently in a very terrible situation under Pochettino at Spurs as he is not being given any time on the pitch. Considering his previous records and status in European football, it is very depressing and insulting for a player like him to not play regularly. Let us now understand whether or not Chelsea should sign Adebayor and compute the odds of the move materializing.
Adebayor is a reputed striker who has been impressive in his entire career for almost every team he has played. Adebayor has far-flung experience of playing at every level of football and in two of the best leagues in the world, the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga.
For most of his senior career, he has played in a classic number nine role. As a striker, his major strengths are his exquisite finishing, clever off-ball movements, excellent hold-up play, lightning fast pace and brilliant positioning. He has only one weakness, and that is he lacks offside awareness on the pitch and gets caught offside quite often.
Last season at Spurs, under Tim Sherwood, Adebayor was in very good goal scoring form for 5-6 months. After the arrival of Pochettino, Harry Kane was promoted to the first team, and Adebayor was benched. But as the old saying goes “Form Is Temporary, Class Is Permanent”, Adebayor might still shine under a new manager at a new club.
As of now Chelsea is the only club that has reportedly shown interest in signing the Togolese striker and the odds of him penning a deal with the league leaders seem quite good. Chelsea might not offer him regular playing time, but knowing Mourinho’s tactics, Adebayor will surely get more game time than what he is getting at Tottenham.
Taking everything into the account, Chelsea should definitely try to sign Adebayor. If he joins Chelsea, he will add some good experience in the dugout and will prove to be a good backup and will play the same role that Drogba has been playing this season. But this will not be the first time that Chelsea have signed a striker who has crossed his 30s, Samuel Eto’o was one such case. Jose brought Eto’o to Chelsea on a free transfer and the man did a great job at Chelsea by scoring some vital goals on important occasions. The decision of whether or not he will be signed by the Blues is up to Jose, and only time will tell where the Tottenham man will end up come the start of next season.
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Edited By: Vikram Chandra