"Magical Striker" Adebayor Carries Tottenham to Victory over Wolves in Debut

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IISeptember 10, 2011

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on September 10, 2011 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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It was never anything more than wishful thinking, as Tottenham Hotspur fans spent such a large fraction of the summer months insisting that a quality striker was all the club needed to achieve elite top-four status.

As Tottenham opened their campaign with two horrifying defeats at the hands of Manchester offenses, it became clear that the magical and fabled "quality striker" could never be the answer to all of Tottenham's problems. Indeed, any new name on the roster would have to be capable of scoring an average of four goals per match to even turn those early defeats into draws.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20, as I was just as guilty as anybody in indulging such fantasies of the one good acquisition in the transfer window to make everything sunshine and rainbows for Spurs.

And yet, maybe there was something to those summer-long daydreams after all.

Spurs, of course, did end up bringing a high-profile striker to the club in the loan acquisition of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. And in Adebayor's first match in a Spurs kit, Tottenham has secured their first three points on the EPL table.

And, as our maniacal insisting throughout the summer predicted, the myth of the "magical striker" paid off.

Just as he did at Arsenal, and just as he did at Manchester City, Adebayor scored on his debut with Tottenham to give them everything they needed to secure points against Wolverhampton at Molineux.

It wasn't a header either, from the man who seemingly stood kilometers above every other man in Wolves' defending half. Instead, it was a fantastic display of footwork and composure from the Togolese star.

And don't think he didn't play a role in the other half of Tottenham's 2-0 victory either, as his presence clearly impacted Jermain Defoe's effort to double the lead in the 79th minute.

As defenders scrambled to cover Adebayor in the box, there was a defining "oh crap" moment from Wolverhampton as Defoe received the ball instead, and buried the shot to secure the victory.

So, is Adebayor truly the magical piece to complete Spurs' puzzle in 2011-12? Perhaps not, as the return of Ledley King in his centre-back role and an overall defensive composure in Tottenham's ranks made sure to avoid another afternoon of five goals conceded.

And, without a doubt, Wolverhampton is still far behind Manchester City in terms of skill, despite their early success this season.

So, maybe Adebayor is not the ultimate fix to make Tottenham compete with the league's top sides (though next weekend against Liverpool should be more of an indicator), but he's clearly made his mark.

Magical fix or not, Adebayor is exactly what Spurs needed to electrify their offense after all.