Why Emmanuel Adebayor Has Been Tottenham's Biggest Disappointment This Season
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Tottenham Hotspur fans have seen many brilliant displays on the pitch all season from the likes of Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen, but for every star, there is a player who highly disappoints as well.
The player that has earned the dubious honor of being Tottenham's biggest disappointment of the 2012-13 season is forward Emmanuel Adebayor.
After succeeding last season with Spurs on a loan from Manchester City, the North London club bought the Togolese forward from the defending champion during the summer with expectations of the same results.
However, the 18 goals that Adebayor put up last season have been nowhere to be seen. Adebayor has scored just six goals in 29 Premier League and Europa League appearances this season.
Adebayor could have been a heralded star in North London if he stepped up as expected in the absence of forward Jermain Defoe and midfielder Gareth Bale. Defoe and Bale are the two top scorers on the team and have both been out with injuries during the season.
The 29-year-old former Arsenal forward can not complain about his treatment from manager Andre Villas-Boas this season. For unproductive after unproductive match, AVB kept faith in Adebayor, but he has not been rewarded for his decision making.
Adebayor has played in a few different roles this season. He has come on late in matches as a substitute, started alongside Defoe in a 4-4-2 and played as the lone striker in AVB's patented 4-2-3-1 system.
None of the three situations saw Adebayor flourish and Tottenham fans are calling for a new forward to come into the club during the summer as the club looks to make a venture into the UEFA Champions League, depending on how they finish in the EPL during the final season.
A goal-scoring drought like the one that he is in at the moment is out of character for Adebayor, who has scored over 10 goals in each of the last five seasons (see chart above).
While Adebayor does have five more matches to add to his meager total of six tallies, he may not have the opportunity to deliver Spurs fans with a worthwhile celebration since Defoe and Bale are now back in the Tottenham fold.
Adebayor has turned his permanent move to Tottenham from a potentially great signing to a big-time bust and there may be serious concerns about his long-term future after this season, especially if the Spurs finish in the top four and spend big on a forward.
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