Is Adebayor What Milan Need?

will evansCorrespondent IJune 29, 2009

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 07:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal challenges Goalkeeper Diego Lopez of Villarreal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Villarreal and Arsenal at the Madrigal Stadium on April 7, 2009 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Now that Milan have a transfer kitty almost equivalent to Real Madrid's (not really, but you get the point), I was wondering who they would get.

One would think that, due to the majority of the players being well over thirty, defenders would be constantly linked to Milan.

No. Instead, Arsenal's large forward from Togo is the player who, for two seasons now, has been linked with a San Siro move.

Is he what Milan need though?

If all remaining players stay, then Pato and Dinho are the two senior forwards remaining (excluding Inzaghi).

Will Adebayor fill the hole left by Kaka? Probably not, but he can help.

Adebayor is the perfect foil for the small, speedy Pato. While not the most technically gifted player, Adebayor does have an eye for goal when he is in the mood, as shown by his performances for Arsenal between 2007 and 2008, when he scored over 30 goals in all competitions.

Also, small players tend to do well playing in the hole off a tall forward, so Adebayor's introduction could help Pato become the world class player we all know he can be.

However, Adebayor does have some flaws.

First and formost are his wages. They are inflated at Arsenal, where he earns over 100k a week. Not going to happen at Milan, especially for a new player.

Second, he is a very moody player. This past season with Arsenal, he appeared sometimes as though he had his heart set on Milan, and his play suffered.

Adebayor chalked up a rather meager 17 goals in all competitions, while amassing an incredible 44 offsides. Taking into consideration Adebayor's injuries, this shows that he can be a rather lazy player.

All in all, Adebayor is a great player when in the zone, and a not so great one when he's not.

He would fit in perfectly at Milan if two things happen: first, his transfer fee goes down. No more £35 million bids. Look for a £20 million at best. Second, his wages go down.

Were he to accept this, with his undoubted natural ability and goal scoring prowess, Adebayor would be a great signing.