Are Harry & Ade Avin a Giraffe?
It is no secret that Emmanuel Adebayor feels unwanted, unloved and so poorly treated by Manchester City that he must get away at all costs...that is all costs except those to him.
I have said before on these pages that Adebayor had less than half a season with us in which he made a contribution. Following this he couldn't really be bothered but continued to collect a ridiculous amount of money each week for doing....nothing.
He has not shown any desire to join in with the new work ethic and winning mentality, has not taken any chances that came his way since Mancini took over and has been farmed out to Real Madrid.
So he saw the 'big time' again as the World Famous Club won the equvialent of the FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League finishing second in a two horse race. But at least he wants to go back there. Mourinho though is too canny for that. True he did get some work out of Adebayor but not enough to encourage him to part with any sensible loot in terms of a transfer fee or wages.
On to the scene comes bargain basement 'Arry', who would love him to play for Arsenal's North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. He too doesn't like the fee nor the wages but a loan deal would suit him. Wouldn't it just. No doubt 'Arry has seen what value Cardiff got out of Craig Bellamy and though 'Yeah, mate, we'll have some of that'. So the Premier League's fifth Club want an international footballer for practically nothing and expects City to pay down a large slice of his wages.
City may well have made a rod for their own back here after Bellamy, but there needs to be some realism.
First, if City has to pay anything like a large slice of the wages, then I would let him rot in the wastes of Carrington rather than let him play for a top-half team.
Second, it is time that Mr Adebayor looked at himself and thought that if he really wants to get away then he does not make a contribution to the level of anything like £170k per week and go to play for around £60k somewhere else. He has had an easy ride at City but the day of reckoning has come for a footballer who on his day can be a handful and a dangerous goalscorer. He just doesn't have enough days.
So 'Arry and Ade, get yourselves together, talk sensibly and get on with your football. I'm sure City would let him go at a reasonable cost, 'Arry just needs to deflate him and make him see that he is not in the same league as Tevez, not in the same league as Sneijder and the many other workers who can command that level of pay. If he thinks he is then ...he is definitely having a giraffe.