It is official that Emmanuel Adebayor has been signed by Real Madrid on loan for the rest of the season and they do have the option of signing him on a permanent basis at the end of the season. The former Arsenal striker has endured a tough time at Manchester City and has spent a lot of time on the bench due to the manager's preference to play Carlos Tevez as the lone striker.
The tall striker emerged as one of the most promising strikers in the world with some stirring performances for Arsenal, where he endured a successful spell, but things did not go according to Adebayor's plans after a few seasons and he lost the support of the fans. He moved to the ambitious Manchester City, then managed by Mark Hughes, in a 25 million transfer move but he has not had a great time in Manchester.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is a person who has immense belief that he can secure titles for the club, but he has not been satisfied with the inconsistent performances of Karim Benzema. Though he said that he admires Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine's injury has meant that the Portuguese tactician has had to play Benzema in more games than he wished for. It is not that Benzema is not talented, he is just not the type of striker that Mourinho requires for Real Madrid.
Benzema is young and talented but he is not the finished product and has a lot to learn. Though the Los Merengues are a young team, the former Inter Milan manager will not be pleased with anything less than winning the La Liga and the Champions League. The Madrid No. 9 has been given an extended run due to the lack of striking options other than Higuain, who is injured, but has not grabbed his opportunities despite scoring two hat-tricks this season.
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At times, Mourinho has adopted a formation without any natural strikers, which clearly underlines the fact that he does not have enough faith in the French International. Though the Real Madrid hierarchy and Mourinho did not seem to agree on bringing a striker in January, the manager has convinced the board to bring in a new striker to bolster their chances of winning titles this season.
Adebayor may not be the striker that Madrid fans wished for and most of them would still have preferred to have the legendary Ruud van Nistelrooy back in the squad instead of the mercurial African. Though he has not been in good playing form of late, having not played enough minutes for City, he is very talented and if he gets his confidence back, he can be inspirational for Los Blancos.
Arsene Wenger is a manager who recognises if a player has good potential and he certainly saw a bright future for Adebayor, and if not for the off-field issues, he could still be playing at the Emirates. The big striker would certainly want to prove that he is still a world class player and in Mourinho and Real Madrid, he certainly has the support to do so.
Mourinho has preferred to have a talented target man in his team who is physically strong and can be direct. Adebayor is a volatile individual but the Real Madrid coach has excellent man-management skills and could instill confidence in the Togo striker. He is still only 26 and can improve on his game to a large extent. Diego Milito was not considered a world-beater till he signed for Inter Milan, and under Mourinho, he proved his calibre by emerging as one of the best players for the Nerazzurri.
Adebayor cannot wish for a better opportunity to resurrect his career and he has the privilege of working with the "Special One" and could still reach the heights that he is capable of. Mourinho has won this important battle with the Real Madrid board and now that he has a new target man in the squad, it is up to him to prove that he can achieve success with the resources he has at his disposal.
The Manchester City striker has only been signed by Real Madrid on a loan deal and though the Spanish club has the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season, it is still doubtful if they will opt for the move when prolific Argentine Gonzalo Higuain returns to full fitness. However, it is a golden opportunity for Adebayor to secure a permanent move by grabbing the opportunity to shine for Real Madrid and he has the chance to make history with Los Merengues.
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