The signing of Emmanuel Adebayor seemed to be the stuff of a lazy journalist transfer rumours. He once upon a time played a few decent games under Sherwood and that was deemed enough for him to be front and centre of Sherwood’s transfer targets. The reality was Adebayor was on £100,000-a-week, had only played eight games last season and also was no spring chicken, with his 32nd birthday coming next season.
It’s a minor miracle then to see that the Togolese striker is on track to actually join Aston Villa, against all logic, after being reported and now photographed touring Bodymoor Heath today.
The first question is just how much of his astronomical wages are Spurs paying? It’s got to be a fair whack.
While the arrival of Adebayor won’t exactly thrill supporters to their bones, with the new season approaching fast, bringing in a player with proper Premier League experience at the top-level (with Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs) and a decent goalscoring record, now appears a very rational move.
If Sherwood can get him firing on all cylinders again, it could turn out to be a very smart short-term fix to Villa’s Benteke replacement problems.
With Adebayor’s first language being French, with all the recent French league additions to the Villa squad, he’ll fit right in as French becomes the official second language at Villa Park. Plus, he’ll also help bed the new recruits in.
There’s no doubt Adebayor needs a little love to flourish, but with him being a larger than life character, that should endear him to the Holte End, if he makes the effort on the pitch.
If Villa can complete their French revolution this week by also capturing the midfield talent of Jordan Veretout from Nantes, then Villans will have good reason to approach the upcoming season with fresh optimism and genuine excitement of Sherwood’s work-in-progress.
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