Tottenham Hotspur Transfers: A Decrepit Defender Deal Plus a Thought on Adebayor

Trent Scott@ IIIJuly 30, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 24: Ricardo Carvalho of Real Madrid in action during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 24, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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I’ll be the first to admit, though probably not the first to have thought, that I’m a little baffled by Tottenham’s rumored want of Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho.

Perhaps I missed something somewhere?

We are talking about the defender who is aged 34, right?

The same man that played in 17 total matches for Madrid and picked up cards in seven of them, correct?

The one who is left for dead in a sprint, trying to play in Andre Villas-Boas’ system?

Apparently, Tottenham needs a token old guy to defend, get hurt and miss significant playing time behind three or four others.

The Mail thinks Villas-Boas wants to add the experienced central defender from Madrid, but not as part of the Luka Modric deal.

Of course, Tottenham have had “experienced” defenders for a while now. They have been the ones holding down the fort.

And by the fort, I mean the training room tables.

Ledley King is retired. William Gallas should be moving on—soon.

Spurs don’t need another old defender to get whipped by physical forwards or run ragged by speed merchants.

Besides, Carvalho is, as one might say, a bit sneaky in play. Dirty, one might call it.

Sure, against naïve forwards, Carvalho could probably lasso them in with some old-fashioned whack-a-shin, shirt-tug-of-war and other malicious acts.

But it is quite difficult to pick up cards at the rate that Carvalho did in La Liga, where he snagged five yellows in seven matches.

Granted, Carvalho would be given far more leeway in the Premier League to practice the dark arts without picking up cards.

But with the holes Tottenham still need to fill, why exactly are they aiming to pad the bench with someone who won’t see the pitch other than during the cups?

Of course, that may be all Villas-Boas wants him for. If that’s the case, that’s okay.

So long as he’s kept for under €30,000 a week. Any more than that and he’s wasting a roster space.

On a separate note, a comment from a different article got me to put my thinking cap on.

Commenter Andrew Machado offered his take about this article:

I won't deny that I am a bit concerned with the lack of a signing. I would take Adebayor back in a heartbeat but if you break the wage structure for him, then this could easily create discontent for the likes of Bale, van der Vaart and our other top players.

This struck me a little bit a couple of hours later when I began to ponder what other things Emmanuel Adebayor might do at Tottenham.

We have finally seen one of the things that Arsenal and Manchester City both now know: that Adebayor went to the Jerry Maguire school of money practices.

It would be a bit of a kink in relations if Adebayor, after all the haranguing he has done, finally ends up showing back up in North London whites.

With the wage packet in hand that he would be receiving, there will certainly be no shortage of agents angling to start a flurry of rumors to get their clients some more cash in their pockets.

And it is not entire clear how many of the players will respond if he does come back at this point.

They are not immune from reading the papers and seeing that Adebayor is interested in a bigger payday than he is securing first team football.

That does not always sit well in some circles.

This, however, may not be the only issue at hand with Adebayor.

Remember, since Adebayor left, Harry Redknapp was sent packing and Villas-Boas was installed.

No one has any idea how the new coach and Adebayor will mesh, but there are clues in Adebayor’s relationship with City boss Roberto Mancini.

Mancini is not necessarily the buddy-buddy type with most of his players. Once the honeymoon period between the two ended, their relationship would turn cold, to put it mildly.

Redknapp is a player’s manager. His constant nuggets of car-side wisdom and encouraging words are the kind of things that Adebayor enjoyed.

Villas-Boas falls in line far more closely to the Mancini school than the Redknapp school.

Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to think that Villas-Boas may not be ready to have the Togo hitman jump right into the starting 11 without studying him for a little while in training.

This probably will not sit well with Adebayor and may cause relations to go south before they even stand a chance.

It is a situation that may not even come to pass if Adebayor never signs to begin with.

But it is certainly something to keep an eye on if Adebayor comes back down the M6 and M1 to the Lane.