Emmanuel Adebayor is set to join Tottenham Hotspur on a year-long loan, with a view to a permanent deal.
Controversy exists not just because of the Manchester City striker’s previous links with Arsenal, but more to do with the relationship that previously existed with the Tottenham faithful.
This was highlighted last season when Adebayor was on-loan at Real Madrid and was subjected to a chant that drew criticism for racism in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Those away fans that night will have also seen close-up the ability of the 27 year-old, as he scored a brace to help the Spanish giants on their way to knocking the North London outfit out of the competition.
Despite the attempts of their playmaker Luka Modric, Spurs have been able to maintain the key players within their squad, but are in much need of a top-class striker.
Jermain Defoe’s campaign was hampered by injury last season and didn’t come back the same player, while the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch were not prolific enough to keep the side in the top four.
So this summer acquiring a new striker has been at the top of manager Harry Redknapp’s priority. The big question now is can he bring out the best in Adebayor?
Few would question his talents; on his day he is a handful for any defence, whilst being excellent in the air, and when up for it having a real knack for finding the back of the net.
But that’s the thing; when he’s up for it. His attitude has been brought into question in the past, and there are times when he doesn’t look bothered, almost restricting his team-mates to be playing with the equivalent of 10 men.
Redknapp has crafted a reputation for being a very good man-manager, and he will need to use all his nous and experience to bring out the best in the Togo international.
Adebayor also needs to realise that failure over the next several months at White Hart Lane will need to many top clubs viewing him as a top-class talent without a top-class attitude.
If he maintains his focus and helps fire in the goals for Spurs, he can not only help his new club rediscover the promised land of the Champions League, but also find a place where he can finally unleash his full potential.
He needs to, for his sake and his new club.
So what do you think? Will Adebayor be a success at the Lane? Or will his attitude let him down once again? Leave us a comment and let us know your views.