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Adebayor To Make The Etihad Jet For South Africa?



City's squad are packing underkecks, toothbrushes and massive iPod headphones in readiness for their flight south to the Vodacom challenge. Will Emmanuel Adebayor be on the flight...?

At the SportCity unveiling of Carlos Tevez this afternoon, Mark Hughes gave this reaction to questions over a rumoured £25 million move for the Togo striker:

'There has been discussions between ourselves and Arsenal. It is not the right time or place to discuss it but yes, there has been contact and possibly there is a deal to be done. It has not been concluded as we speak. Until it happens, it is not the time or the place to talk about it.'

Some news agencies are reporting that an MCFC medical is in readiness for Adebayor tomorrow (Wednesday afternoon).

We have had some feedback from some Gooners that they'll be glad to see the back of Adebayor. We can only guess if that's a similar reaction to many rags who have now declared they wanted rid of Cristiano Ronaldo and that Carlos Tevez is rubbish. Or is there something in what they are saying?

Looking at the player statistically, 114 appearances in all competitions plus 28 as a substitute racking up 62 goals in the process doesn't look half bad. Personally I would take his Premier League experience over Samuel Eto'o's any game in the week.

Meanwhile, we have already seen a fair number of senior squad departures from City this summer. Outside of Daniel 'Ancelotti' Sturridge and Darius 'Turkish Delight' Vassell, most have been defenders or midfielders.

The fact right now is that Adebayor could be about to become City's tenth striker in the squad list even with Jo at Everton on a season long loan!

Which begs the question, with most of City's incoming deals already concluded early this summer or close to conclusion, after Robinho, Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and maybe Adebayor, who will Hughes decide to offload up front?

Certainly he has some fearsome options up front backed by a scintillating midfield including Petrov, Ireland, SWP, Elano, Kompany, Weiss and Barry, but he can't keep them all.

Surely three from Bellamy, Benjani, Bojinov, Evans and Caicedo will be leaving The Blues.

Is Adebayor an all round good egg and another top drawer option? Which strikers will be calling for a taxi? Let us know both here and in the VMC forums!



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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 14 2009

Time: 8:31PM

Your Comments

Selection dilemma? Who to offload? Who'll start. Who gives a damn. If City are going to break into the Top 4 next season we'll need all the help we can get. One thing we could lose though... we could lose the negatives.
Sindbad
and your midfield is weak!
merlin
Ah, you're a diamond merl!
Johnny Baguette
He's sure to offload a few Sind. Kevinho in the forums has suggested we'll be running with an option packed strike force of Robinho, Bellamy, Adebayor, Tevez, RSC and Bojinov, that's if the Arsenal man signs. Goals in that six pack I'd wager for a domestic focused campaign!
Johnny Baguette
I’ve just read your chap eddie bells comments on our site at vital Pompey, and I just wanted agree with him and sort of say well done to you lot and good on yer. Like us-Sadly a bit more so with us- You’ve been to the lower divisions and stayed faithful, but now that you’ve hit the Jackpot Manure and Chelski and the Bindippers are all slagging you off for buying a team worthy of winning the league...excuse me!!.... How much has Taggert (as you call him-love it) spent year in year out-Ferdinand Rooney Carrick etc etc etc let alone the west London lions. So good onyer-Imeet loads of top four fans down here who have never even been to see Argyle let alone the home of the replica shirt from JB sports,or the catalogue they wear and they are all tom titting themselves that you lot are going to put their noses out…and for that I for one salute you. Play up Pompey
plymouth graham
I don't think many sensible Arsenal fans doubt his quality, but his attitude has been ***** poor over the past year. He's been at the club for three summers, and he has made two of those miserable for us supporters. He played horrific in our two semifinals last season, and then had the nerve to blame it on the fans for not backing him. If you give him 150,000 pounds a week then you're going to see his laziness stoop to an all time low, except when your playing us of course lol.
gunnerkid107
Must admit I think it's a strange choise given that you could have the pick .. I agree with gunnerkid his attitude did stink a bit last season especially.. let's hope (should he join you) that he turns it around and like my mate Plymouth Graham says you can shove it in the noses of your 'friends' in Guildford. - On The Ball City and Play up Pompey!
Chix
Benjani and Evans are gone IMHO. Caicedo and possibly Boj will be loaned out. Rob, Tevez, RSC, Bellemy and AbiDhabiBuyAllYours up front ... good options I think and a strong bench.
jackblue
Eto'o would have been a FAR better player for you- he is a genuinely world class striker whereas Ade is a mercenary who misses 95% of his chances and has little to no understanding of the offside rule. Unoubtedly he has some talent, as he showe with his goal away at Villarreal in the Champions League last season but with the amount of one on ones he misses and how often he is caught offside he is also one of the most infuriating players to watch. And that's before we even get onto his attitude- Piers Morgan (in one of the only decent things he's ever written in his football column) summed him up last season by aying something along the lines of "he plays like someone's stuck his feet in concrete and inexplicably stamped 'I am the greatest' on his forehead". In van Persie, Eduardo and Arshavin (among others) we've got far better, more talented attacking options at the club and for £25 million I'm more than happy for you lot to take Ade off our hands.
TheBoyInRed&White
Your description of adebayor is exactly like anelka when he played for us! The jury is out on this signing as I know he misses 4/5 chances.
eighthsin
Caicedo was making noises about being wanted, Sheffield & Cardiff want Ched,Evans but need to up their offers, Benjani either Pompey or Bolton,Bellamy make make the Spuds trip and we keep The Boj, who is slimmer trimmer and scores goals(hopefully)
Buzz Lightyear
Cheers, Graham! Have a look at the Taggart article we ran yesterday. The amount of transfer records he's broken down the years....
Johnny Baguette
 

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