World Soccer: Should Emmanuel Adebayor Stay at Real Madrid?

JackmanContributor IApril 7, 2011

Is Madrid for him?
Is Madrid for him?

Emmanuel Adebayor made a major impact in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, and with Karim Benzema injured, Adebayor could be looking for a permanent deal.

He scored after just four minutes and added another as Real Madrid demolished Tottenham. The ex-Arsenal player will definitely receive a heated reception when they travel to White Hart Lane for the return leg.   

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho said after the game, “The most important thing is that we have three strikers. I’ve wanted this from the very first day. We've proved that with two strikers it’s very difficult and with three we are covered."

An effective striker, Adebayor has scored five goals in 14 appearances for Madrid. His performances for Arsenal and Manchester City gives him a good chance of staying in the team. 

Injuries are also a factor in Adebayor future. With Benzema out, Adebayor is guaranteed a first-team spot, but when the Frenchman returns to bolster a strike force that also features Gonzalo Higuain and permanent starter Christiano Ronaldo, Adebayor could find himself warming the bench more than he is used to.

Mourinho said in regards to injuries, “With the injury that Benzema has, we still have one striker playing and one on the bench, and that’s how it should be. And at the moment I’m happy with all three of them, who are all completely different types of players with different qualities for the team.”

However, he has faced criticism while in Spain, most notably for his lacklustre performance against Sporting de Gijon for missing many open goals and chances in the important fixture that they lost. To stay with Madrid, consistent performances are a requirement.

So, how do you think he will perform in the second leg against Tottenham? Should Real Madrid sign him?

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