5 Reasons Why Tottenham Hotspur Must Keep Hold of Emmanuel Adebayor
And with the Premier League season drawing to a close, the merits of a host of Premier League players from every single club are sure to be debated and discussed over the coming weeks.
And Adebayor is certainly one of them.
Despite his excellent goalscoring record, the enigmatic talisman is somewhat of a polarising figure and is often much maligned when things go wrong for his club.
Sometimes it can be downright baffling, while for others the criticism is very much justified.
And with that, it's time for Bleacher Report to put forward a case as to why Spurs need to hold on to him for what could turn out to be a defining season in their history next year.
Other Strikers Have Yet to Prove Themselves
Following the flop that has been last summer's purchase of Roberto Soldado, Spurs have clearly suffered in the offensive department.
Having put away a paltry six goals throughout the entire campaign, the 28-year-old Spanish marksman has been an unreliable and highly intermittent source of goals.
And yet, there still remains a huge amount of attention from top clubs trying to secure his signature.
And it's not difficult to imagine Spurs letting him go; after all, he hasn't proven himself irreplaceable and might just fancy a getaway himself.
In truth, young Harry Kane is another one.
And while many will point to the fact he's only made eight league appearances and has still struck three times, it remains difficult to imagine how he'd perform under the pressure of being a regular starter.
Sure, he's shown promise and skill but he hasn't had the chance to go the distance.
And if he does get the opportunity to do so, having Adebayor available as a mentor certainly wouldn't be the worst scenario.
And with that, it's vital that Spurs hang on to the Togo star. He's scored more in the league than both players combined and could certainly impart some of that wisdom to Kane.
And who knows? Perhaps they could form an indomitable partnership in time.
Adebayor Provides a Degree of Security
The Premier League can be quite a harsh environment, especially when you're attempting to break into the top four.
And while the market to bring in top-quality strikers is an over-crowded one, it's certainly one which can also spring quite a number of surprises.
Make no mistake, though, Emmanuel Adebayor will be fully aware of this, and he'll be keen to prove that he still has a lot left in the tank when the time comes.
Because, the truth is, he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Having tucked away 10 goals already this term, his return has been far from paltry.
Despite having turned 30 years of age toward the beginning of the year, the Togo international has shown no signs of his powers waning. Injuries aside, the raw talent is still very much present and he can be relied upon to get goals, particularly when the likes of Christian Eriksen are on hand to assist him.
He has shown that he can rattle the net with regularity in England's top-flight and that is something that just can't be bought with ease nowadays.
All in all, shipping him off to bring in some cash for a fresh face would certainly be a massive gamble for the north London club to take.
Potential to Perform Consistently Resides Within
According to ESPN FC, Adebayor has netted 93 Premier League goals throughout his time so far.
And what makes that all the more impressive is the fact he's managed to do so under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with playing for some of the best squads of recent years.
It's certainly no easy feat to become such a fine-tuned goal-poacher.
But the tall centre-forward has managed to do just that. And while he still has a way to go to catch up with fellow Spurs legends Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane, who each have over 120 top-flight goals respectively, it's not often that a club outside the "Big Four" can boast a player with such a great strike rate.
When he's on song, he's a veritable match-winner.
And if Tim Sherwood is in the White Hart Lane hot seat for the foreseeable future, it's got to be his prerogative to go and sort out the delivery problem that Spurs have been having far too often.
After all, it's one thing to have the attractive names down on the team sheet, but it's quite another to get them all gelling together as a unit on a continuous basis.
And while Adebayor's tag as somewhat of a journeyman might suggest the inevitability of him swapping shirts once more, it also suggests a positive aspect.
It shows, in fact, that he has the skill set to adapt to almost any footballing environment—his 10 goals this domestic campaign, while not prolific, certainly adds weight to that assertion.
Summer Provides a Chance to Build Performance Levels
His international career has often been a distraction due to disputes over pay, but the Togolese star has another opportunity to invest himself fully in their summer plans once they roll around.
And with that comes the opportunity to once more regain the goalscoring touch and confidence levels that once saw him net 24 times in the league for the Gunners.
His potential involvement in Togo's Group E Africa Cup of Nations qualifying phase, as reported by Goal.com's Alex Fisher, means that while his club priorities may take a momentary back-seat, he can rest easy in the knowledge that the World Cup is disrupting many players' preseason plans.
And the challenge of Ghana, in particular as their main group rivals, is likely to provide the 30-year-old star with the motivation he needs in the mean time.
Because, in truth, the Spurs fans need him at the peak of his powers once more—he is still such a powerhouse on his day.
So far this season, Spurs have scored less than any other top seven club and are equal on goals with eighth-placed Southampton. Their need for an Adebayor revival in form and regular fitness does not need much more fleshing out than that.
And with the club revealing before the turn of the New Year that they will be touring the States for preseason, Sherwood, or whoever happens to be the manager at the time looks set to have the strong, lanky goal-getter to lead the line.
Adebayor Provides Necessary Dimension in Attack
Towering, physically strong and deadly accurate at the best of times—Adebayor has a tremendous blend of skills in his repertoire.
And one need look no further than his list of previous clubs to see that many of Europe's elite clubs have seen his talents as a necessary component to have in their squad.
Real Madrid, AS Monaco, Arsenal and Manchester City have all paid to acquire his services because he has shown an ability to not only settle in quickly at his new surroundings, but to do so under a heavy weight of expectation.
And with Spurs he has done the same.
Although he has endured some patchy spells in the famous white jersey, he has lit up White Hart Lane with more than his fair share of magic moments.
But with England often cited as a physical league, where fancy footwork can often come undone by brash defending and dangerous body-checks, Spurs need a player of Adebayor's stature in their ranks.
A quick look at Eurosport's top scorers chart reveals that the bustling, powerful type of forward still has a role to play in the modern-day, English game
With Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Romelu Lukaku and Rickie Lambert all reaching double figures in 2013/14, it's clear that aerial prowess and sheer muscular strength is worth more than its fair share of strikes—something that Spurs fans would do well to remember the next time they call for the big-wigs to pull out the chequebook.