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Adebayor: Great Signing Or Expensive Misfit?


Saturday 18 July 2009 Manchester City sealed their fifth signing of the summer - Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal, but is he a great signing or an expensive misfit?

Budding blogger Blue Lad Scragg sent us the following...

After some deliberation I have now changed my mind over the Adebayor move. Many City fans are not optimistic about the transfer and say that unlike the other signings made this transfer window Adebayor is not an essential player.

We proudly boast the most in depth striking force in the Premier League in Robinho, Santa Cruz, Adebayor and Tevez. Then of course we have more than adequate cover courtesy of Valeri Bojinov and Craig Bellamy. This in my opinion gives us the options you need to challenge in any competition, however, there is now just one problem, and that is the defence.

We are now building a squad which has options in all positions - a squad to rival that of 'The Big 4.' This has to be essential if City want to challenge for the top honours as the gaffer will need to be able to rotate the squad, but in the meantime he has to try and keep all the players happy. Wow that is going to be one heck of a challenge for a certain Mr Hughes.

Back on the subject of Adebayor - I actually think he will be a good signing. He showed everyone what a good player he was in the 07/08 season in which he scored 30 goals. However last season the Togo international struggled with injuries and was even accused of showing little or no effort / passion when playing for the Arsenal. I think this heavily dented his confidence and made him ask the question 'Do I really want to stay and play for a team without loyalty and ambition.'

The 25-year-old has abundant talent and if Mark Hughes can 'grab him by the balls' then I do think he could bring out the best in him.

In summary, if we get the Adebayor who showed us the imperious form in the 07/08 season and looks hungry every game then he WILL be a fantastic signing. But, if the Adebayor turns up and looks off-colour and disinterested then the acquisition will certainly be a huge failure and Arsenal fans will have the pleasure in saying, 'we told ya so.'

Courtesy of man-city-issues.blogspot.com






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Writer: Blue Lad Scragg  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 21 2009

Time: 9:28PM

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He is an excellent signing and someone who can score 20 plus goals a year. The truth is that we need more than one quality hold up centre forward and now have got him and RSC with possibly Bojinov as back up. As was shown tonight Caceido and Benjani are very average. As both George Graham and Wenger have said he is an outstanding footballer and provided he is motivated should be great for us.
wswilly3
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21/07/2009 21:34:00

thousands of Arsenal fans would disagree!
merlin
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21/07/2009 21:38:00

Tens of thousands of Arsenal fans think Chelsea are crap, so I would side with them if I were you.
wswilly3
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21/07/2009 21:46:00

I believe it will be a case of reporters (and Arsenal fans alike, if only to themselves quietly), will state that he has had a resurgance in his career and re-found his love of the game.
BlueWolfie
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21/07/2009 21:59:00

'a team without loyalty and ambition.' ??? wtf? please do extrapolate ..
IrishGoon
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21/07/2009 22:18:00

As we did with Craig Bellamy lets wait and see .......
Doody
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21/07/2009 22:19:00

IrishGoon: Who are you talking about - Shamrock Rovers?
wswilly3
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21/07/2009 22:20:00

read the article wswilly3
IrishGoon
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21/07/2009 22:27:00

lets judge him once he plays for us eh because thats when we will know.
Mike Hunt
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21/07/2009 22:40:00

Good player, but not top class, just like your other strikers.
Tom14
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21/07/2009 22:59:00

At his best, he is a good player when he turns it on, the problem is, he lost the hunger in his final season with us and showed a lack of professionalism that is exceedingly irritating when viewed against the backdrop of his affairs with Beyonce Milano et al, us Gooners are happy to see his back and your money. With the depth of your striking talents, he's unlikely to start as many games as he did for us, your manager, whoever that might be by January, will have to rotate the squad and then the fun will begin. Most Gooners wish you luck with your acquisition, I suspect he'll do ok with you, but Thierry Henry, he aint.
deledudu
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21/07/2009 23:33:00

At his best, he is a good player when he turns it on, the problem is, he lost the hunger in his final season with us and showed a lack of professionalism that is exceedingly irritating when viewed against the backdrop of his affairs with Beyonce Milano et al, us Gooners are happy to see his back and your money. With the depth of your striking talents, he's unlikely to start as many games as he did for us, your manager, whoever that might be by January, will have to rotate the squad and then the fun will begin. Most Gooners wish you luck with your acquisition, I suspect he'll do ok with you, but Thierry Henry, he aint.
deledudu
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21/07/2009 23:36:00

Thanks deledudu for your considered comments rather than the green eyed ones we have had on here from so many so called fans of Top 4 teams.
wswilly3
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21/07/2009 23:57:00

Hughes has bought a lot of good players and although Ade had a poor season last year, Hughes must know enough about him to know he can get him back to where he was in 07/08. We questioned Bellamy signing but it worked so I have faith. We'll see come the start of the season.
eighthsin
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22/07/2009 03:15:00

The difference her is he is better than we had last season and thats progress. Adebayor can be a destroyer on his day when he is up for the match, but if not, we have very capable replacements. Bellamy playing with a better class of player may make him a very underatted striker, but one thing for certain the opposition will not only have to stop Robinho this time but a formidable strike force of proven Premier goal scorers.
Buzz Lightyear
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22/07/2009 04:53:00

Buzz, totally agree with that to be honest, but if you are going to break into the top four, you need better players in midfield and up front, not just defence.
Tom14
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22/07/2009 10:02:00

Tom14: I smell fear, losa fear from you Gooners ... slip, sliding away.
wswilly3
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22/07/2009 10:57:00

Its too funny, this circus at City - picture how the dressing room will be when Robinho, Bellamy & His Dad washes elephants aren't getting a run in the team. It'll be sulk city. You better hope all this spending doesn't push out the core that is already there, its already destroyed your youth set up (Hart, Sturrige, Johnson, etc) - People like your beloved Ireland & SWP will be pi$$ed off at losing their place to these expensive players. You have 38 games and maybe 3 cup games if you're luck to keep these players happy. Tough season ahead City
Gleeson_23
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22/07/2009 14:45:00

Gleeson : I see green eyed envy and I smell fear, yes lotsa fear and you don't have to be a Mystic Meg to do this as your attitude is so obvious. Don't let the envy eat you up too much.
wswilly3
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22/07/2009 14:53:00

What is there to envy? I'm just saying what I think is going to happen to you this season. City fans were so proud of their youth, the team that won the Youth FA Cup. All gone now because of the money. I don't reckon Hughes will get everyone to gel in time or last the season. There is nothing to fear Willy. Not even Arsenal fams are worried about you and they prob should be. It must be a little embarrassing thinking your a big boy and no one blinking an evelid. Yep, it must suck balls
Gleeson_23
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22/07/2009 15:14:00

Gleeson: You have got more fear in you than I thought. Also useful to get your facts right in the first team squad of 30 are 9 players from our academy - better than any other team in the Premiership. These include Stevie Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Micah Richards, Michael Johnson, Nedum Onuoha etc etc and if you had bothered to watch our demolition of the Kaiser Chiefs we had another four players appearing not even in the first team squad eg Mee, Mc Givern, Vidal, etc Yes Gleeson you are full of fear and envy and do you know not only are City the richest club in the world we are also without any debt on our balance sheet. What's yours like .... how long before the dreaded administration?
wswilly3
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22/07/2009 17:48:00

Gleeson, I have been a member on here for some time now and in that time I find that on rare occasions we might have had a visit from a fan of another team one a month on average. All of a sudden, since we have signed some significant players, we appear to be inundated with views from other teams fans telling us that they are not worried and that we will win nothing, what does that tell you. Yes we may have not won anything in the way of a major trophy for over a generation but don't let anyone tell us that we have no history. We may not win anything this season but we sure have a lot of fans from the so called big four visiting us.Rattling some cages? I think so!!
Buzz Lightyear
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23/07/2009 05:50:00

Come on Buzz, now that your stirring things up a little of course your going to have more fans on here vented their opinions / anger / view - its all a bit of banter, its what makes VF so great - I just want to wind willie up or ''The Fear'' as I call him! For the record, I never mentioned anything about City having no history, each club in the top 4 leagues have been around for 100 years so each and everyone have an abundance of history - its only the dirty scousers who use that gem and don't associate me with them!!
Gleeson_23
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23/07/2009 08:53:00

GLEESON : My dear chap, you have not wound me up and do you know what I would be very grateful if we could conduct a little experiment. Gleeson, old boy; can you relax and look down at your boots .... and now explain why they are shaking so much. Best regards THE FEAR
wswilly3
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23/07/2009 10:41:00

Adebayour....poor 1st touch and lazy...25milion...lol...robbery...
I Bling Red
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23/07/2009 23:15:00

Its the wages paid to him are atrocious. Adebayor earning more than Messi?!
JT_daniel
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25/07/2009 17:42:00

 

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