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Is Adebayor the answer to Real's problems?

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Phil Minshull | 17:54 UK time, Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have finally got their man, although not many expected that man to be Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

In recent weeks, numerous players have been touted as possible stand-ins for Gonzalo Higuain, who has been sidelined since the start of December with a back injury and could be out until the end of the season.

Some of them had clearly been suggested by Real sources and included the likes of Bayern Munich duo Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, Lyon's Lisandro Lopez, Mainz's Hungarian international Adam Szalai and Anderlecht's Romelu Lukaku.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy's return to the Santiago Bernabeu, an idea that the Dutch striker himself seemed to relish following interviews given to the Spanish media last week, looked like a distinct possibility for several days until Hamburg turned down Real's rather derisory offer of 2m euros and a friendly between the two sides.

Now Mourinho, the 'Special One', has made Adebayor his 'Chosen One' - until the end of the season at least, when Real will decide whether to sign him permanently.

adebayor_blog_afp.jpgAdebayor joined Man City from Arsenal in a £25m deal. Photo: AFP

His signing was widely described in Spain as a birthday present to Mourinho from Real president Florentino Perez, the coach having turned 47 on Wednesday.

Perez apparently authorised executive director Jose Angel Sanchez - the man who was primarily responsible for sealing David Beckham's move to the Bernabeu - to secure Adebayor's loan signing following the club's regular Monday night meeting of directors.

That's despite the fact that Real had told City a fortnight ago that Adebayor's weekly wage of £165,000 made it difficult to do a deal.

The question now is: Will Adebayor solve Real Madrid's problems up front?

"What problems?" you might ask. A glance at the current standings for the Pichichi, the trophy awarded by Spanish sports newspaper Marca to the top goalscorer in the top flight, tells you that Cristiano Ronaldo is top of the table with 22 goals.

Yet it has become abundantly apparent that the Portuguese superstar cannot always be guaranteed to win games on his own.

What of Karim Benzema, who cost Real 35m euros in July 2009? He clearly does not have the full confidence of Mourinho.

The Frenchman was left on the bench until late in the game as Real drew 1-1 at relegation-threatened Almeria on 16 January, Mourinho opting to experiment with a formation that did not include a conventional target man.

The lacklustre stalement in Andalucia meant Real dropped four points behind Barcelona in the chase for the La Liga title, prompting a front-page headline in Marca that read 'To 4 and without a 9' above a picture of a prostrate and crestfallen Benzema.

The Spanish Cup quarter-final match at local rivals Atletico Madrid last week could have - and should have - ended with a cricket score in Real's favour. Mourinho's side had to settle for a 1-0 win in the end, although they already led 3-1 following the first leg.

In the Vicente Calderon and with Mourinho continuing to show a lack of faith in Benzema, Ronaldo was given the duty of playing squarely in front of goal rather than being allowed to do what he does best - and that is dance down the wings.

Despite getting the only goal of the game, Ronaldo found himself out of position on occasions, sometimes looking bewildered by his new role.

A few days later, on a bitterly cold Sunday night, the chants echoing around the Santiago Bernabeu were not for Ronaldo but for Van Nistelrooy as Real managed a hard-fought and arguably ill-deserved 1-0 win over Mallorca.

On the bright side, the much-maligned Benzema got his first goal in the league since September. On the other hand, the sparkling 6-1 home wins over Deportivo La Coruna and Racing Santander seem very distant memories.

Karim Benzema and Jose MourinhoBenzema has failed to capture the form he showed at Lyon. Photo: AFP

In theory, Adebayor could be the perfect antidote to the recent goal drought. Yet his arrival in the Spanish capital might create more problems than solutions.

First, it is difficult to see how a player of Adebayor's strident personality is going to slot in comfortably in the Real dressing room. The words "square pegs", "round holes" and "Nicolas Anelka" spring to mind.

Second, Adebayor's wages could be a big issue, given that it appears City have persuaded Real to write the majority of his cheque.

The jokes doing the rounds, at least among non-Real fans on Wednesday, was that a bit of natural justice was being done after Real had pocketed 42.5m euros (£32.5mn) of City's cash when they sent Robinho in the other direction on 1 September, 2008.

Adebayor becomes Real's third-highest paid player after Ronaldo and Kaka, while his acquisition comes at a time when several other of the club's players are putting in demands for contract changes.

There are also concerns about the former Africa Player of the Year's commitment given he is only on loan until the end of the season, although Real apparently have first option to sign the player for 17m euros in the summer, a deal that could also rise by 4m euros.

On his return to Madrid last Thursday, Higuain said he was optimistic that he could return to action before the end of the season, perhaps as early as mid-April.

If that happens, will Adebayor end up playing second fiddle in Mourinho's orchestra?

Mid-April could certainly be a crucial time for Real.

They face Barcelona in El Clasico on 17 April, while the two teams could meet again in the final of the Spanish Cup, the Copa del Rey, three days later, as well as the quarter-finals of the Champions League, which take place on 5/6 and 12/13 April.

As for Adebayor, his signing may be big news but he was vying for top billing with the TV commercial produced by Sevilla ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Real.

Many people here think that the war paint and primal screams are taking things a bit too far even in Spain. Any thoughts?

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  • 1. At 8:22pm on 26 Jan 2011, God_Save_Frank_Lampard wrote:

    Adebayor has a strong header and is a good goal poacher, and I believe that this might be just what Real need, with such good balls coming from the wings. And Jose knows best.

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  • 2. At 8:24pm on 26 Jan 2011, Simon wrote:

    I am frankly amazed that a deal even went through with those wages.

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  • 3. At 8:41pm on 26 Jan 2011, The Flux Capacitor wrote:

    Goodbye and good riddance to a football mercenary of the highest order!

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  • 4. At 8:46pm on 26 Jan 2011, Aveyard01 wrote:

    If there is someone who can get the best out of adebayor, it is mourinho.

    Undoubtedly talented, though not in the elite category he would place himself. SHould bag 12-15 before the season is out, with kaka grabbing 8-10 and Ronaldo probably another 20 then this will help real.

    THe team is unquestionably, and understandably built on the talents of ronaldo.

    WIth a supporting cast of the likes of Ozil, Alonso, Di Maria (not yet convinced by him as world class) Kaka et al, this makes a potent mix.

    It is unfortunate for real with arguably the best player and best coach in the world that barca have arguably the best team ever assembled, and that they will be unstoppable barring a major injury crisis.

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  • 5. At 8:47pm on 26 Jan 2011, akaTommySmith wrote:

    Few predicted the deal Phil...? It's been touted for months in the English and Spanish press

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  • 6. At 8:50pm on 26 Jan 2011, drhdavido wrote:

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  • 7. At 8:50pm on 26 Jan 2011, The-pen-is-mightier wrote:

    Ronaldo's on-field petulance now matched by Adebayo's off-field petulance.

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  • 8. At 8:54pm on 26 Jan 2011, edrigo wrote:

    jose knows what he's doing as i think he will play out of his skin while on loan. As an arsenal fan i know what happens when he signs a new deal performance levels drop drastically, if jose truly knows what he's doing he won't sign him when his loan spell is up.

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  • 9. At 8:56pm on 26 Jan 2011, sscsjone wrote:

    Adebayor is a waste of space. He wasn't even that good at Arsenal and is vastly over-rated.

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  • 10. At 8:58pm on 26 Jan 2011, artillery_john-TW14.... Joan at the weekend wrote:

    As an Arsenal fan, I think it is a brilliant deal for all involved. Adebayor is always good at the beginning for a new club when he feels the fans 'love him'. The rise of Tevez and City has left him feeling 'un-loved' and he puts in far less effort, resulting in poor performances and increasing fan frustration. However, Mourinho is the perfect manager for someone like Adebayor and he can turn him into a quicker version of Drogba, a scary thought! If Adebayor fails to produce, c'est la vie, at least they haven't squandered £30m like on Benzema. Any thoughts on where Benzema might pop up after the summer, Phil?

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  • 11. At 8:59pm on 26 Jan 2011, AT wrote:

    Adebayor had arguably his best season the year he was playing for a new, improved contract at Arsenal. Once he was given it he went off the boil and stopped trying. Hence the Arsenal fans feelings towards him.

    Then came the move to City and an even bigger pay packet. More of the same behaviour followed from him.

    So my point is that I think it'll depend which Ade shows up. The one chasing a permanent contract at Madrid and the chance to compete at the highest level once again. Or the one who is happy to go through the motions and return to his £165k a week Eastlands salary in the summer.

    Recent history suggests we will see the latter, but he may still prove me wrong.

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  • 12. At 9:16pm on 26 Jan 2011, Rosalind Mercer wrote:

    If does not perform or behave Jose will give him a good kick up the backside which is what Arsene and Roberto should have done. Overrated and soon not to be over here.

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  • 13. At 9:40pm on 26 Jan 2011, Rob04 wrote:

    No. He is not the answer to anyone's problems.

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  • 14. At 9:41pm on 26 Jan 2011, hackerjack wrote:

    Actually it's an excellent signing for Real.

    Adebayor is a very good striker, that he failed at Eastlands is far more down to a personality clash with Mancini, who seems to be racking them up in quick order, which could tell you which side of the fence blame might lie.

    Sure he is a mercenary, he left Arsenal for the cash, but even when wanting to leave he still played pretty well.

    He wont have either problem here. Mourinho is astute enough to get along with him and as the loan is only a move and not about money it shouldnt be a problem for Adebayor to get down to work.

    Considering Madrid are getting him for no fee and only paying half his wages it's a very good deal for them.

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  • 15. At 9:46pm on 26 Jan 2011, haufdeed wrote:

    A player who needs a "special" manager to "get the best out of him" is by definition not a good player. This joker will draw the money and do as little as possible to earn it- that is his track record. Why would anyone sign a player of that type?

    Mourinho has completely lost the plot with this deal. It looks increasingly as though Real Madrid will bury his reputation just as completely it has buried the reputations of so many of its managers before him.

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  • 16. At 9:49pm on 26 Jan 2011, PabloPiatti wrote:

    At City Adebayor has been the biggest waste of money and space and I forsee a million comments slagging him off. But I think he will shine at Madrid, slower football so he can be lazy and he definitely has ability (remember that goal v Villareal)

    With regards to City maybe this is a sign of how they intend to play football...with a lack of ambition! Despite having attacking talent Mancini fails to install an attacking game in to city!

    Have a read of City Undone by Lack of Ambition to see what I mean

    http://upper90magazine.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/city-undone-by-lack-of-ambition/

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  • 17. At 9:54pm on 26 Jan 2011, Johnny wrote:

    This is a great signing for Real as Adebayor is just what they need. Big,strong and a goal scorer who will frighten the pants off the smaller defenders in La Liga. He will also prove invaluable when Real play in the CL especially against English clubs as he knows how to score against the slower defenders in those clubs (Terry??)Mourinho will now have options to feed off the fabulous Kaka,Di Maria,Ozil and CR7 so I see Real seriously moving up a gear here. Don't forget they have been typically grinding out results and will only get better once the January mahem is finished. I see they won away again in Copa Del Rey so Adebeyor will slot right in.

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  • 18. At 9:57pm on 26 Jan 2011, Virtuet wrote:

    Adebayor plays as proper centre forward not sure he is good enough but Benzema is not a proper centre forward he likes to play deeper. Real should have kept Ruud Van Nistleroy.

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  • 19. At 10:10pm on 26 Jan 2011, jjlegg87 wrote:

    As an objective Arsenal fan, I would argue that Adebayor is capable of some incredible performances. During the 2007/8 campaign Adebayor went on an incredible run and scored 30 goals that season. He was almost unplayable, he was confident, clinical, commanding and last but not least 'happy' to be at Arsenal Football Club. Fast forward to that summer, where we had another will he or won't he saga, Adebayor decided he would stay at Arsenal, and signed a double your money deal to stay with the club.

    The 2008/9 season started with Emmanuel Adebayor getting booed by the Arsenal fans in the first game, and from then on, never looked like the player he was the season before. He was not as confident, happy or as clinical and add to that some of the negative defeatist things he said after a couple of big games, his days at Arsenal were numbered.

    His Man City form is almost a continuation of his form at Arsenal (2008/9 Adebayor), however I believe that given the chance at a big club like Real, Manu could deliver the goods. I think that the Man City move is clearly all about money, and as a result his heart was not in the team. Manu is an Arsenal fan, and loved the club when he first arrived, and that shined through in 2007/8 season, now I believe given the chance at an illustrious club, Manu will take this opportunity with both hands, and I wouldn't be supprised if he scored at least a goal every other game if he is given the right opportunity.

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  • 20. At 10:41pm on 26 Jan 2011, rsuppards wrote:

    Not the first good player to get an inflated opinion of his own "greatness".
    Madrid's hardly the ideal place to get his head right - and that's all that stands between the guy and a return to his best form.
    The real (small R) Galacticos will soon bring him down to earth. The test will be whether he responds positively or sulks.

    I give it three months before he falls out with team mates

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  • 21. At 10:59pm on 26 Jan 2011, U11966120 wrote:

    He may be alot of things, but he is for sure a very , very good striker, who makes very good runs.

    in terms of having the complete package there are very few like him.

    I can see why he gets stick for his attitude but why do people doubt his ability??

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  • 22. At 11:12pm on 26 Jan 2011, ChrisMorgansForehead wrote:

    I just enjoyed the link to the Marca cover, especially the erectile dysfunction ad in the corner.

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  • 23. At 11:25pm on 26 Jan 2011, Kennys_Heroes wrote:

    #10: Any thoughts on where Benzema might pop up after the summer, Phil?

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    I'd put a fiver on, Oh I dunno, Monaco?

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  • 24. At 11:37pm on 26 Jan 2011, gunnerslovver2007 wrote:

    As an Arsenal fan I'd have to say that though he isn't the best all round striker in the world, he definately has the best physical package, blistering pace, great heigh, an enormous leap and excellent strength. Technically his not the best either on the ball or passing but if your looking for someone to get on the end of thing and stretch teams he'll do the business.

    People say that he no longer flourished after all the bad blood in the summer at Arsenal, I'd argue that his poor return in his last season had more to do with Arsenal being a far poorer team, he simply had less chances. For instance the season he got 30 both Clichy and Sagna were PFL full backs of the year and they alone laid on bags of crosses for him. He'll do the job for them now but theres no way they should consider keeping him when Higuine comes back as if he ain't starting he's b*tching.

    Real question is why Mourinho feels he needs such a straight forward number nine, teams like Arsenal (RVP), ManU (Rooney), and City (Tevez) manage with a player like Benzema up front all the time. This hints at the rigidity in the "special ones" thinking, he went similarly spare when he had to have two CF's in Drogba and Schevchenko in his starting XI, Anchelloti on the other hand just shrugged and incoporated Drogba and Anelka into an excellant side.

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  • 25. At 11:37pm on 26 Jan 2011, David_bmc wrote:

    I was the at the Santiago Bernabeu on sunday night and I couldn't hear the chants for Van Nistlerooy, it was my first time there and I will admit my spanish is not great so I may have missed the chants but it never seemed like chants really got going during the game and the few that did were simple and about Real Madrid.

    But one thing I did notice was that it seemed like they just couldn't work out how to put the ball in the net, they would create chances but once they got near the penalty box they would make the wrong pass or dribble to far, maybe Adebayor will solve this problem but I'm not so sure, after watching cope del ray semi final tonight it seemed like they had the same problem good build up but no end product.

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  • 26. At 11:42pm on 26 Jan 2011, neova2 wrote:

    If there is someone who can get the best out of adebayor, it is mourinho.
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    No one can get the best out of Adebayor except Adebayor himself. If he decides to put in a performance he will.

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  • 27. At 11:48pm on 26 Jan 2011, anglesdan wrote:

    Further to the other OBJECTIVE gunners fans comments. Adebayor had a great season, asked for more money which plenty of others have done without their own teams backlash and got a huge amount of stick for doing so. Fragile character? (definitely) Mercenary? (maybe). The fact still remains that his overall record for Man City is just about 1 in 2 and that has been substantially reduced since a certain experience he went through with TOGO.

    I am shocked that no one can consider this traumatic (almost PTSD inducing) incident as to his lack of form and attitude and his desire to move away from the culture we have in this country media wise as to a reason why he wants out of man city, its actually quite staggering.

    (by the way i am not for one instance suggesting that anyone has said or done anything related to what happened to him, just that everything that happened in and around that time is connected emotionally and neither fans have ever shown the compassion to him with regards to that event. Hence not even a mention on this board)

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  • 28. At 11:48pm on 26 Jan 2011, ComeEnglandAway wrote:

    Playing in La Liga may be good for him, he has class when he's motivated it seems.

    And let's face it, if you can't be motivated by a fresh start at Real as maybe a 4-5 month 'trial' then he might have to wait for perhaps ever to play at the very highest level again.

    Maybe he just needs to be loved, and if Jose rates him (assuming he does) then there can't be many managers around better at getting the best out of an awkward player.

    Or Jose could do a Balotelli on him, and it's bad news for all apart from those at the Camp Nou.

    Hmm.

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  • 29. At 11:57pm on 26 Jan 2011, CoalitionOfTheWilting wrote:

    This is worth its own blog?

    Really?

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  • 30. At 11:58pm on 26 Jan 2011, David Windsor wrote:

    This guy has just taken two years off in the middle of his career. He's always seemed to me to be at least potentially idle, full of self-regard, and with a poor attitude. So not the answer to anyone's prayers I'd speculate. If he had any sort of common sense he'd be wishing that he hadn't talked himself( or been talked) into becoming unhappy at Arsenal, as for a while there he looked like something significant. I can see Mourinho giving up on him real fast, deciding he's not worth the effort to manage and sending a £165 000 per week problem back to City .

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  • 31. At 00:08am on 27 Jan 2011, ukdutchman wrote:

    Second or third best choice for Real: Benzema was great at lyon so you can see what a manager can change for the worst; for ManCity they need to offload some players to be in line of new UEFA rules; overall think a gamble with Adebayor since am under impression that Suarez (Ajax) or Klose or Muller (germany) were more a threat on goal but too expensive so they settled for a loan spell; but spanisch league sort of like scottisch league, two teams that are top since they have their own commercial activities - tv rights, so in end not very surprising and quite boring compared to France, Germany, or England

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  • 32. At 00:15am on 27 Jan 2011, Ginger wrote:

    He is a very good player when motivated. A pain in the backside when not. Lets see what the special one can get out of the temperamental one.

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  • 33. At 00:34am on 27 Jan 2011, messien wrote:

    He's just a stop-gap until they buy Llorente in the summer, otherwise they wouldn't have tried to get Van Nistelrooy, though he might have a big say in the title race this season.Not sure why Jose doesn't fancy Benzema, i'd happily seen him at Chelsea next season.

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  • 34. At 00:43am on 27 Jan 2011, bob_loblaw wrote:

    Not Adebayor’s biggest fan but I actually think he will do well at Real. His unconventional style, height and strength with provide a perfect foil for Ronny, Kaka Ozil et al. This signing will also provide the option to throw it into the box, which wasn’t really an option with Benzema. I can really see it working, but I can’t see anyone stopping Barca.

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  • 35. At 00:55am on 27 Jan 2011, laurak wrote:

    Hilarious. Never scored when you needed him too. Big head and earns far too much than he deserves, what a joke and good ridence.

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  • 36. At 01:08am on 27 Jan 2011, Jack Bradshaw wrote:

    Adebayor is absolute class. And as a Gooner i hate the man. In his penultimate season for Arsenal he was considered one of the best strikers around but became a victim of his own greed. http://jackbradshaw.blogspot.com/

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  • 37. At 01:48am on 27 Jan 2011, Antichthon wrote:

    I imagine that Kodjovi Obilalé might not agree with some of these comments about Adebayor's greed.

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  • 38. At 02:44am on 27 Jan 2011, Spaced Invader wrote:

    £165,000 a week.... so nearly £3m in wages alone assuming he stays to the end of May. Assume he's involved in 20 games (1800 minutes), of which he'll often play only a sub role, so, say a generous average of 60 mins per game (1200 mins - if he doesn't get injured, or more likely suspended). That's about £2,500 per minute of football.

    He averages a goal every 2.75 games in his career so far. So assuming he plays 1,200 minutes we can expect a return of 4 or 5 goals.

    Adebayor may not be a bad guy, and #37's point that he has helped Obilale is well made, but I'm sorry, no-one can convince me that this man is worth £2,500 per minute in terms of image, teamplay or basic talent; or that any decent striker on a fraction of the wages (e.g. Bryan Ruiz (total cost £4m, wages £30k per week)) wouldn't score 4 to 5 goals for the rest of this season playing with Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria and Kaka.

    This kind of signing is exactly why Real Madrid don't ever come close to winning the Champions League any more.

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  • 39. At 02:51am on 27 Jan 2011, youve been vermaelenated thats just fabrelous wrote:

    emmanuel adebayor is just a temp, real wont keep him theyve got an agreement to sign llorente. and because hell have no chance of staying permanently he just wont try cus thats who he is... certainly not the player to help close the gap on barca

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  • 40. At 03:25am on 27 Jan 2011, Cannons of Rhetoric wrote:

    Should be alright for Real, he'll get goals and play hard...unless they give him a permanent contract. I think the real question is how many games it'll take for him to get into a fight with either Diarra or Ronaldo?

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  • 41. At 03:37am on 27 Jan 2011, Blueisbest wrote:

    Great signing for Madrid though the wages are on the high side. He is a very good striker and with the caliber of players he will be playing with in Madrid, he should flourish.
    Meanwhile, someone please help me understand why Arsenal fans are so bitter. When are they going to get over this guy. Adebayor has moved on, Arsenal fans should move on

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  • 42. At 04:07am on 27 Jan 2011, cliveeta wrote:

    Adebayor has a real chance to kick-start his career at Real Madrid. If he cant do it with the best players around him and the top manager then he might as well hand up his boots....

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  • 43. At 04:26am on 27 Jan 2011, WordsofWisdom wrote:

    I'll give this one about ten minutes before he falls-out with Morinho and/or most of his teammates.

    Adebayor is a waste of talent!

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  • 44. At 04:46am on 27 Jan 2011, expatDragon wrote:

    Another player who spend most of his time off field creating his own 'hype' and fully believed it.

    No doubt about his talent on the field, but inconsistent. I dont ever recall watching a player for arsenal being caught off side soooo many times when coming back to an on side position, rather than breaking the line, very frustrating to watch.

    Motivational and attitude problems will blight his career as mentioned above they did with Nicolas Anelaka until he matures. Shame.

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  • 45. At 05:44am on 27 Jan 2011, Drooper_ wrote:

    He undoubtedly ticks a lot of boxes, but I think there's a big question mark over his commitment/work ethic. With Tevez, Dzeko, and even Jo, you know what you're going to get every game (let's leave Mario out of this for the moment). That's not the case with Ade. It must be a nightmare for the manager. He'll score a hat-trick at home to Lech Poznan to make life very comfortable, and then make life look exactly the opposite when you need to roll your sleeves up at Wolves. He's too random and slapdash. Do you want one lesser player to put in 10 solid performances, or one better player to put in 2 sublime performances in 10? In a star-studded team like Real Madrid, used to playing champagne football, some poor performances might get glossed over by a team mate's star performance, but City haven't reached a level yet where they can afford to carry passengers. Especially as I think he's into the elite scene, this move might be just the kick up the backside that's required. It doesn't get any bigger than Real Madrid or Jose Mourinho. If he can't see this out, then you have to question whether he'll ever knuckle down at any of the top clubs.

    It also might be that his game is better suited to Spain, in which case, you can see him staying there. If it doesn't work out, much as I'd like to think the break would see a change on his return to City, I suspect he'll continue sulking, i.e. he won't be playing again with Mancini in charge.

    I think you can say City look more a Mancini side than a Hughes side these days. RM's waved goodbye to Robinho, Craig Bellamy, and now Adebayor. With his appearing to handle Balotelli better than Mourinho, it'll be interesting to see how 'The Special One' handles Manu, no pun intended.

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  • 46. At 05:58am on 27 Jan 2011, Cameron wrote:

    If there is one manager in the world that has a bigger ego than Manu, it would undoubtedly be Jose Mourinho.

    And Mourinho is possibly the only manager around that could get the best out of Adebayor.

    And I think Manu might just be a tad scared of getting on the wrong side of Jose as this could very well be his last chance to really shine at a top European club. If he fails, he will continue to be a journey man, with each future manager taking a punt on him.

    Arsene Wenger brought Manu to Arsenal, and got him to flourish, for a while.

    Then he started thinking that he was the next Thierry Henry or better, and then he became part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    So for Arsenal to get 25 million pounds for a petulant, lazy, disruptive and dividing influence of a player, could be the best bit of business AW has ever done.

    I must say that I was so relieved when the deal with Man City went through. I feared that it would not and he would stay.

    When the deal did finally go through I thought I was so happy and relieved.

    I imagine that there won't be too many Man City fans upset by his move either.

    In fact I would put it out there, that the vast majority of Citeh fans will be over the moon at his departure, just as Arsenal fans before them.

    It is a shame because the guy does have some outrageous skill, you just don't get to see it all that often.

    Mostly he just skulks around waiting for something to happen rather than making it happen.

    So good luck to Manu and Jose, their matching ego's alone should be good value for the rest of the season.

    I wonder though, what would he do now if "Beyonce came looking for him" ??? ;)

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  • 47. At 07:57am on 27 Jan 2011, 70667 wrote:

    As a Gooner, Adebayor used to be my greatest pain. I was overly elated when Wenger finally gave him the boot. I however wonder why it took Wenger so long realize he just wasn't the sort of striker to win games!!! For that, I still have an axe to grind with Monsieur Wenger!

    Though pleased with the sale to City, I was dumb-shocked that City was so blind to think he was worth 25 mil; talk about money blinding our judgement; but I was pleased nevertheless. Good business.

    As he dons the Real shirt, I now wonder what "Special" formula will turn Adebayor into a striker worth a wage of 165,000 pounds.

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  • 48. At 08:06am on 27 Jan 2011, TomF wrote:

    Adebayor is a bit of a mystery it seems. Mourinho must see something in him that he can work with. Although part of me thinks that the cut-throat nature of the Real Madrid coaching position means that he may be getting him to add another string to his bow. If he can demoonstrate that he can eek out an increase in performance levels from a striker who others have seemingly struggled to come to grips with, would that raise Jose's kudos further still?

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  • 49. At 08:34am on 27 Jan 2011, Mikey wrote:

    Phil I don't agree about the comments focused on Ronaldo.. he lists his preferred position as a central attacker.. this is how Portugal play him and he stated this was where he was at his best.

    Adebayor is too slow for La Liga.. Mourinho should be using his much celebrated coaching talent to get the best out of Benzema.. the guy is an undoubted talent and he can't/won't try to fit him in..

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  • 50. At 08:44am on 27 Jan 2011, BOKU 1 wrote:

    MANU is a perfect complete number 9. he did not fail at MAN-CITY Mancini never wanted Him, when he was given a chance he scored a hat-trick in the europa league so the Boy is good.

    What if He scores the wining goal VS BARCELONA in the el clasico or score in champions league semis?

    The special 1 knows the best

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  • 51. At 08:50am on 27 Jan 2011, jay842 wrote:

    He's a muppet

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  • 52. At 09:36am on 27 Jan 2011, tomefccam wrote:

    @45

    WOW - at Everton we had Jo on loan over two seasons and I have to say that he is one of the poorest strikers we've had at the club. His work ethic is quite poor and he has virtually no strength for his size as well as being very poor in the air. How he ever earned caps for his national side is beyond me.

    It's funny how being bitter about a player can all of a sudden make him poor. Adebayor is a fantastic striker, with all the ingredients. His skill set is comparable to Drogba, and he is younger. Drogba offers consistency and performance on the big occasion, Adebayor has these tools missing...but they will come under the right circumstances.

    As post #19 pointed out EA in 2007/2008 was phenomenal.

    People seem to forget what a blistering start he had for Man City too. His downward spiral somehwat mirrors the arrival of Mancini.

    He'll do extremely well at Real I predict. And anybody who gets to exercise this 17m euro deal for him is getting pound for pound one of the best strikers on the plant at a knock down price...especially when you consider Darren Bent has transferred recently for almost double this amount

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  • 53. At 09:50am on 27 Jan 2011, Estesark wrote:

    Yet another article about a player moving to Real Madrid that uses the line "the real deal" (on the front page, linking here). I guess that never gets old!

    Oh wait, yes it does.

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  • 54. At 09:52am on 27 Jan 2011, haufdeed wrote:

    52. At 09:36am on 27 Jan 2011, tomefccam wrote:
    @45

    "Adebayor is a fantastic striker, with all the ingredients."

    "Drogba offers consistency and performance on the big occasion, Adebayor has these tools missing...but they will come under the right circumstances."

    Two sentences from the same paragraph. It's not just Adebayor who has a problem with consistency!


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  • 55. At 09:52am on 27 Jan 2011, I like cats wrote:

    Adebayour is a very, very good striker who will score goals for Madrid.
    The Man City debacle has botted his copy book, but he averages roughly a goal every other game at all the clubs he's been at, even at international level.

    At one stage, while with Arsenal, he was simply unplayable for a period. His strength allied with acceleration meant that he often forged chances out of tight situations.
    When you score a bicycle kick as an equalising goal in the Champions League quarter finals, well then you know a player has something to offer a top team.

    Not sure why he went to City, was it all greed? Maybe so. Perhaps he's seen enough and has decided that money isn't always the factor in career happiness. Or maybe he hasn't changed at all and will continue his laissez-fayre attitude at Madrid.
    One thing's for sure, the Madrid fans will be less gracious than the City fans if he fails to put in a shift for them.

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  • 56. At 10:01am on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:

    It never seems to amaze me the vitriol & hatred that spews from the loins of some Arsenal fans when it comes to Manu, yet as a long term Arsenal fan (12.5 yrs season ticket holder) the truth is that the bigotry of some Arsenal fans is what drove MANU out of Arsenal.
    It is one thing to accuse him of being a Mercenary, (matter of opinion) but it is another thing to then try to belittle his talent...pure stupidity!
    The season he scored 30 goals for Arsenal, every major club, Barcelona, Real, Chelsea & even MANU enquired about buying him but Wenger refused to sell! The common description of Manu then, was "KANU ON WHEELS"
    Now that is one hell of a way to describe a player, it implies, extraordinary technical ability on the ball and fantastic pace.
    The fact is when things are not going well in Arsenal, the fans ALWAYS look for a scape goat, EBOUE, ABOU, SONG, MANU & even THEO !!....and on each occasion the calls go from criticism of the players game, to shouting frustrations, to abuse, to nasty abuse, to horrific name calling and finally PURE UNALDULTERATED R....., YES, I HAVE SEEN & HEARD IT ALL, same at higbury,& at the Emirates. Yet we've had players like BENDTNER, ARSHAVIN, ROSICKY who in my opinion have performed worse than anything any of these players had done , yet all you hear are groans of frustrations...in Arshavin's case(the most uninterested player i have ever seen play for Arsenal,imo), he even has a song of praise from the Arsenal faithful!!!!.....need i say more?
    I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK MANU IN YOUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT.

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  • 57. At 10:02am on 27 Jan 2011, U14357625 wrote:

    Adebayor is capable of individual moments of genius, but does consistently deliver. The minute things don't o his way he will start dropping hints via the media.

    Not sure what Mourinho's problem is with Benzema. He will come good elsewhere.

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  • 58. At 10:18am on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    @52 - All hail a man with sense. You shouldn't be so surprised though, you may notice all the blinkered, bitter comments come from Arsenal "fans" - the very same fans who pushed the big man out. You will only hear from Gooners when they are winning (not a peep last season) and they cannot stand a player leaving them and doing well - hence the vitriol to a class act like Ade. Particularly loved the "He's an Arsenal fan" comment - don't make me laugh! Have you forgotten what happened when he scored against you for City?!

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  • 59. At 10:23am on 27 Jan 2011, drhdavido wrote:

    @58 player leaving arsenal and doing well........adebayor....... really????????????

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  • 60. At 10:31am on 27 Jan 2011, jez wrote:

    If and when he can be bothered, Adebayor is one of the best strikers in the world. When he feels like it, he can be a nightmare to play against because he chases and harries defenders into making mistakes and giving the ball away cheaply. In that mood, he is the prototype Mourinho player - a defender first and foremost, whatever number he wears on his back.

    Can he be bothered to play up for Real? Who knows... he is a complicated character (to put it mildly) who is obviously motivated primarily by money. Perhaps paying him £2,500 per minute is the answer!

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  • 61. At 10:33am on 27 Jan 2011, ArgieWizard wrote:

    Adebayor ha(s)d 19 goals in 36 starts for City, I read. Just difficult to get a game in a side where you have Tevez, Dzeko and Balotelli I suppose.

    He is undoubtedly talented, Adebayor, but needs someone to motivate him for reasons other than personal glory. Working under Mourinho at Real should massage a bit of that ego.

    I'd rather have Benzema than the Togo man any day though.

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  • 62. At 10:38am on 27 Jan 2011, jez wrote:

    @58 "a class act"?

    Sorry mate, you lost me there...

    Ryan Giggs = a class act

    Can you please enlighten us all as the the classy traits you have seen in Adebayor that the rest of us have missed?

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  • 63. At 10:38am on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    @59 Yes, he did do well for Man City - 15 goals in 34 appearances is a respectable record in any striker's book. Roberto Mancini obviously didn't have faith in him, hence why that waste of space Jo got games instead.

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  • 64. At 10:48am on 27 Jan 2011, mattledud wrote:

    Anyone who thinks Adebayor has been a failure at Manchester City is fool... 19 goals in 36 starts is a good record in anyone's books. The problem for him has been that he wasn't a Mancini buy and, like Bellamy, it's obvious player and manager don't see eye to eye.

    I mean, come on, you can't tell me anyone seriously thinks Jo is a better player than Manu, yet the Brazilian is the one getting the games.

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  • 65. At 10:51am on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    @62 Just out of pure interest, would you happen to support a club who perhaps once employed Adebayor?

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  • 66. At 10:52am on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:

    @52 & @58 .....Well said guys, finally people with no hidden agendas talking sense!

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  • 67. At 10:54am on 27 Jan 2011, drhdavido wrote:

    @63 that sums it up, Jo getting games ahead of him, I would of thought that Mancini is not stupid enough to let personality clashes get in the way of winning games, hence he plays Tevez, can't see that Mancini and Tevez are best buddies but he still plays week in week out because hes consistently good enough and committed enough, Adebayor obviously isn't! :)

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  • 68. At 10:59am on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    Actually I'll tell you why he played Jo instead of Ade, purely because he operates on a one out-and-out striker system, which is something that Dzeko will have to get used to. That means only one guy can play the main role and that man is most likely going to be Tevez or Balotelli. Jo was obviously happy to play on the left wing which Ade probably wasn't and right on too. For you Arsenal fans still reading, that's what happened to your all-time top scorer at Barcelona.

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  • 69. At 11:00am on 27 Jan 2011, Alice Pulley wrote:

    Adebayor definitely has the talent to be a top class striker, as he proved at Arsenal before he went off the boil. Probably the worst thing he ever did there was get too big for his own boots and think he was irreplaceable to the club - or perhaps let himself get convinced by agents to that was the case. After that, he seemed complacent and the fans (rightly in my opinion) gave him stick, a recipe for poor form.

    The Man City move was clearly only ever about money, he never looked like he wanted to be there (and he was neither the first and wont be the last big name signing in that situation) and the fans never really took to him.

    I hope for his sake he realises this is potentially his last chance to play at a top, top club and actually puts 100% in. I think Mourinho has a big enough personality and aura that he will be able to manage him (and not by ignoring him completely as seems to be Mancini's trick).

    One of the most interesting things about him to me was seeing and listening to him on BBC coverage of last years world cup. I was amazed to find (being a Spurs fan and no fan of City either) that I liked him, he came across as affable and intelligent and spoke very eloquently about the terrible experience he went through with his national side. He's a complicated character who clearly needs to feel loved to be at his best and he has definitely made some poor decisions. I'm genuinely interested to see how he gets on at Madrid.

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  • 70. At 11:12am on 27 Jan 2011, jez wrote:

    @65 - yes... but I am not sure that is relevant to my comment.

    I highlighted Ryan Giggs as an example of a class act and he has caused me far more pain over the years than Adebayor. I could add Paul Scholes to that list too and even Frank Lampard just to show that there is no club bias.

    So what is it that Adebayor has in common with these three? Honestly, I like what I see of Adebayor as a person (much more than I like Giggs, Scholes and Lampard), at least in part because of his flaws - he is complicated and interesting. But classy? No, that is something else.

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  • 71. At 11:22am on 27 Jan 2011, owen van der hoeven wrote:

    Adebayor is a good target which is what they need; a different outlet. Ronaldo needs to become supplier as well as goalscorer and if anyone can sort this out its jose. Adebayors city career seems to be fizzling out and he will have something to prove. Slower la liga pace may even help him and it wouldnt surprise me if he ends up in spain after the summer. and he is definitely not popluar in the city dressing room so he'll definitely want some different people to be around who dont know him.

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  • 72. At 11:25am on 27 Jan 2011, Reccy - I fit into a bra comfortably wrote:

    Surely this would be one of the reasons to cap the wage?

    165k a WEEK to play football?? Surely if player were dedicated to football they accept the wage cap at lets say 100k a month?

    He's an overhyped average player with a similar goal scoring record to his ability, average.

    Can see him playing a few games, i'd say 10-15 (most as subs) and him scoring 3/4. Surely Real can find someone HALF this cost who would preform the same? Why not give there youth's a try or something??

    I dunno, but the he knows what he's doing old Jose..

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  • 73. At 11:27am on 27 Jan 2011, j_turley wrote:

    This is an ideal signing for Madrid. It will allow Jose to play 433, with Adebayor in the Drogba role, holding the ball up in the middle and Di Maria and Rondaldo supplying from the the flanks, thereby allowing Madrid to play to play in Mourinho's preferred formation. The deals other big benefit is that if Adebayor is a flop at Madrid they get to offload him at the end of the season.

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  • 74. At 11:28am on 27 Jan 2011, itsonlyagame - R9 The Number of the Beast wrote:

    Phil, the controversy over the Sevilla ad wasn't really about the war-paint, it was about the final message delivered in Portuguese, which was widely understood as being deliberately and needlessly provokative towards Mourinho. At least that's what I've gathered from the RNE and Radio Marca chat shows I've listened to. I think they've got a point, but that aside and even as a Madrid fan, I thought the ad was pretty good.

    As an aside, Negredo really fits the bill in that vid - looks very much like a prison convict in the vein of Luis Tosar in Cell 211. Quite scary.

    On Adebayor, the signing raises concern as he is perceived as being a controversial character who only appears to play out of his skin when there's a big contract up for grabs and seems to feel that his name alone entitles him to a starting place.

    It's hard to tell whether he'll rise to the challenge of trying to bounce Benzema off the starting team or whether he'll be happy to sit on the bench and simply live it up for a few months in Madrid, a-la Cassano.

    Personally, I think he could be a good short-term solution to our current striker shortage, but I'm not at all convinced of having him in the squad for the long run.

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  • 75. At 11:31am on 27 Jan 2011, drhdavido wrote:

    is it just me or since dzeko arrived at city have him and tevez played up front together rather than just the one striker??

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  • 76. At 11:32am on 27 Jan 2011, Vox Populi wrote:

    I'm just laughing at all the Arsenal Goons who have rushed to blogs like this so they can slate Adebayor and have a dig at Mourinho.

    Adebayor was a fantastic player for Arsenal and Gooners were gutted when he left, no point pretending otherwise.

    He hasn't been given a proper chance at City because he was a Mark Hughes signing and Mancini wants his own men in.

    Just like Freddie Kanoute, Adebayor is an excellent target man who will go to Spain and perform very well.

    All the other comments and remarks about Adebayor's personality and motivations are ill informed prejudiced and mainly spiteful tripe.

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  • 77. At 11:33am on 27 Jan 2011, Nelly wrote:

    A good move for City and Adebayor, not sure about Real though!

    I've seen people say 'Mourinho can tame him' as if he's some sort of miracle worker, well, he needs nothing short of one to get Adebayor to deliver the goods!

    Was glad to see the back of him when he went to City, and that's not just down to poor form. His constant complaining on the field was matched by rumbles about his contract off it.

    He moved to City for the money, didn't even manage a third, never mind his traditional half a decent season he managed at Arsenal, and wonders why he's 'unloved'.

    Real need him to kick on straight away. I'm not sure, with the baggage he's carrying, that's likely. If not, Jose will confine him to the bench - exactly the same as at City.

    Different club, same situation. Now where have we heard that before.........?

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  • 78. At 11:41am on 27 Jan 2011, Vox Populi wrote:

    77. At 11:33am on 27 Jan 2011, Nelly wrote:
    A good move for City and Adebayor, not sure about Real though!

    I've seen people say 'Mourinho can tame him' as if he's some sort of miracle worker, well, he needs nothing short of one to get Adebayor to deliver the goods!

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    Just to illustrate Adebayor "not delivering the goods" (his last three league seasons, not ancient history) He's hardly played this season as Mancini bombed him out along with Roque Santa Cruz (Hughes signings)

    2009-10 26 apps, 14 goals
    2008-9 26 apps, 10 goals
    2007-8 36 apps, 24 goals

    Most clubs would say: please, give me a player who does not deliver the good like that.

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  • 79. At 11:41am on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    It is just you - Dzeko was playing on the wing, hence why he hardly had any chances at goal. If you'd watched Man City this season you would know that's how they play - four at the back, one DM bruiser (De Jong), one bucaneering MF (Yaya Toure), one anchor (Barry); two supporting attackers (effectively wingers, Jo and Silva usually) and one out-and-out - Tevez.

    As for JP, you mention players who are stalwarts for their clubs and rightly so. If Ade had managed a long run at a club, he could have been that player. I don't know what really happened at Arsenal, but I do know that it was wrong of the fans to boo him over money when he produced on the pitch. Especially when you have players like Rosicky and Arshavin who either don't bother or seemingly never turn up to less-important games.

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  • 80. At 11:42am on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:

    @ 77 ....and ARSHAVIN? Haven't heard a single "Arsenal fan" on this blog unleash the vitriol directed at Adebayor at this chap, after he publicly & shamelessly campaigned the go to Barcelona, but Barca knew better? I wonder why the so called "Arsenal faithful" close a blind eye to the nonchalant attitude of Arshavin,... i wonder why that is the case,DOUBLE STANDARDS...hmmm???

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  • 81. At 11:47am on 27 Jan 2011, Vincent B Rodriguez wrote:

    Please, Please buy him at the end of the season. Worst City signing in years including:

    Wayne Bridge
    Samaras
    Vincent ‘never played’ Vuso
    Jo
    Ben Haim

    Goodbye please never come back.

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  • 82. At 12:20pm on 27 Jan 2011, Ben Hutton wrote:

    80. I disagree. As an arsenal fan and season ticket holder, i watch Arshavin week in week out and he is shocking at the moment. Poor touch, no hold up play, little in terms of creativity.

    However, the difference between him and Adebayor is that he harries, chases and puts effort in for the team. Arsenal fans stick with him and, though they may moan, arent going to turn on him any time soon. its been the same with eboue, diaby and walcott in recent years.

    Adebayor on the other hand, was lazy, offside from GOAL KICKS and his demands were huge in terms of wages. He then got an offer from City and jumped ship. That is why Arsenal fans dislike him. Whether it is truly justified is another story...

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  • 83. At 12:22pm on 27 Jan 2011, Ben Hutton wrote:

    Other examples include Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka.

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  • 84. At 12:23pm on 27 Jan 2011, Vox Populi wrote:

    81. At 11:47am on 27 Jan 2011, Vincent B Rodriguez wrote:
    Please, Please buy him at the end of the season. Worst City signing in years including:

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    If you know anything about Manchester City's history you'll know they've signed far worse players than Adebayor, even in recent history, you managed to name five of them and there are plenty more. There are lots of players signed by City I'd class as worse than Adebayor, who is wanted by Real Madrid after all.

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  • 85. At 12:26pm on 27 Jan 2011, Vox Populi wrote:

    82. At 12:20pm on 27 Jan 2011, Ben Hutton wrote:
    However, the difference between him and Adebayor is that he harries, chases and puts effort in for the team. Arsenal fans stick with him and, though they may moan, arent going to turn on him any time soon. its been the same with eboue, diaby and walcott in recent years.

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    Short memory about Eboue?

    Being substituted in tears while being slaughtered by his own fans in a game ring a bell?


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  • 86. At 12:42pm on 27 Jan 2011, WhiteHartPain wrote:

    Hahahaha. Seville are having a laugh aren't they? Calm down. It's just a Game.. to the dagger sharp response- 'NADA! IT IS NOT JUST A GAME. IT IS A COPA GAME! CI!'. All right, all right. Keep your knickers on.

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  • 87. At 12:42pm on 27 Jan 2011, tomefccam wrote:

    @81

    Funny stuff. Forgot where we were 4 years ago. You'd have killed for them signings when you were plundering away with the likes of Vassell and an ancient Andy Cole, Mpenza, DaMarcus Beasley, re-signing Dickov, Dabo and Reyna in the midfield.

    Truly terrible to watch and a team and club that was treading water before investment

    To my recollection, also a club that has not achieved anything of note for decades.

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  • 88. At 12:45pm on 27 Jan 2011, gbell wrote:

    To any of you suckers that will complain about his wages or any other footballers for that matter, who is it that funds this money?

    The public who go to the matches, buy the shirts or have their sky sports HD package sitting at home. (I am in that group). It is we, the public who fund their ridiculous wages.

    So please, realise that and stop moaning.

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  • 89. At 12:58pm on 27 Jan 2011, U11966120 wrote:

    http://www.not606.com/forum.php

    A fast- growing forum, very easy to navigate and pleasing on the eye!

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  • 90. At 1:01pm on 27 Jan 2011, Phil Minshull wrote:

    artillery_john-TW14.... Joan at the weekend: “Any thoughts on where Benzema might pop up after the summer, Phil?” Actually, as Spamburger, goes onto say, Monaco might be a good bet. Apparently they were prepared to agree to Adebayor’s personal terms but didn’t want to pay a big transfer fee. Obviously, they are in the market for a striker and Benzema, judging from his comments made to the French media when he’s back home on international duty, seems to be looking for a move back to France. As he was unhappy in Spain, I can’t imagine he’d be any happier in Italy or England. Any good French club that is short of a bit of firepower might be the answer.

    Tanglefoot Twitch: “Real should have kept Ruud Van Nistelrooy.” Perhaps not Van Nistelrooy, after all that deal was done a year ago in the last winter transfer window but I think that Real should have kept Raul. I’m sure that even though he would not have baulked too much at having to be on the bench, he’s intelligent and a realist, which explains much of his thinking about why he went to Schalke. However, it’s well-known that Jose Mourinho (and, to a lesser extent, Florentino Perez as well) didn’t want as influential a figure as Raul around this season when he was moulding the playing side of the club in his own image.

    rsuppards: “I give it three months before he falls out with team mates.” I’m not going to wish problems on Adebayor but his notoriously volatile personality and track record tend to suggest that there is a good chance that things will not go smoothly after the initial honeymoon period of the next few weeks. Regardless of his qualities on the pitch, and I think he is still an outstanding player despite his fall from grace at Manchester City and I agree with all those people who say that potentially he could be a huge success as Real’s version of Drogba, as you might have surmised from my blog, I still have a feeling that Mourinho and Perez have made a rod for their own backs and there will be tears – metaphoric or even literal – from someone before the end of the season.

    Thefootyoracle: “One thing's for sure, the Madrid fans will be less gracious than the City fans if he fails to put in a shift for them.” I think it’s likely to be the Madrid-based and Madrid-biased media who are more merciless in their criticism. It will be interesting to see how Adebayor adapts to the change in culture in this respect.

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  • 91. At 1:11pm on 27 Jan 2011, Dazz wrote:

    How many English strikers are there that Real Madrid and AC Milan would covet?

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  • 92. At 1:21pm on 27 Jan 2011, Drooper_ wrote:

    @45

    WOW - at Everton we had Jo on loan over two seasons and I have to say that he is one of the poorest strikers we've had at the club. His work ethic is quite poor and he has virtually no strength for his size as well as being very poor in the air. How he ever earned caps for his national side is beyond me.

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    I don't remember saying he was a star turn. I was saying Mancini knows what to expect if he plays him, unlike if he plays Adebayor, about who I'm no more bitter than you are about Jo's time at Everton. Whatever his history at both City and Everton, Jo has been putting in a shift under Mancini, who quite rightly seems to have wiped the slate clean upon his arrival.

    I would dearly love Ade to perform week in week out at the same standard like Tevez does, but I don't beleive he does. And I'm more concerned about points against City's name than any one player's goal tally.

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    66. At 10:52am on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:
    @52 & @58 .....Well said guys, finally people with no hidden agendas talking sense!

    What hidden agendas would they be?

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  • 93. At 1:27pm on 27 Jan 2011, Alasdair Dinnewell wrote:

    82. At 12:20pm on 27 Jan 2011, Ben Hutton wrote:
    Adebayor on the other hand, was lazy, offside from GOAL KICKS

    Surely that is a skill in itself? Bloody men don't know the offside rule...

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  • 94. At 1:34pm on 27 Jan 2011, Dazz wrote:

    There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from:
    • a goal kick
    • a throw-in
    • a corner kick

    FIFA Law-11

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  • 95. At 1:43pm on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:

    At 12:20pm on 27 Jan 2011, Ben Hutton wrote:

    80. I disagree. As an arsenal fan and season ticket holder, i watch Arshavin week in week out and he is shocking at the moment. Poor touch, no hold up play, little in terms of creativity.

    However, the difference between him and Adebayor is that he harries, chases and puts effort in for the team. Arsenal fans stick with him and, though they may moan, arent going to turn on him any time soon. its been the same with eboue, diaby and walcott in recent years.


    ..ARSHAVIN, harries, chases??? R u having a laugh?

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  • 96. At 1:43pm on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    @92 I'm hoping that's sarcastic, though I'm happy to explain!

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  • 97. At 1:45pm on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:

    Arshavin is the ONLY player in the premiership who looks over to the substitute's bench everytime an arsenal substitution's about to occur; LAZIEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME, I can't believe what am reading.

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  • 98. At 1:46pm on 27 Jan 2011, Drooper_ wrote:

    96. At 1:43pm on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:
    @92 I'm hoping that's sarcastic, though I'm happy to explain!

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    Not sarcastic at all. Please explain.

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  • 99. At 2:02pm on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:

    92. At 1:21pm on 27 Jan 2011, Drooper_ wrote:

    66. At 10:52am on 27 Jan 2011, parov1 wrote:
    @52 & @58 .....Well said guys, finally people with no hidden agendas talking sense!

    What hidden agendas would they be?

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    The agenda is abusing certain types of players & making excuses for others(or outright turning a blind eye) who fall foul of the same issues.

    Category 1: Vilified, abused,suffered hate vitriol,some even after leaving the club...

    Ashley Cole, Eboue, Song, Diaby, Anelka & even Theo.

    Category 2: Groans, Moans, grumbling

    Bendtner, ARSHAVIN, Rosicky,

    Commonality? Need i say more? The truth can be hard to swallow, i understand..

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  • 100. At 2:13pm on 27 Jan 2011, Kyerewah wrote:

    Adebayor cannot solve Real's problem. He did a very big mistake by moving from Arsenal which i strongly believe he's regretted. Should Hugain comeback from injury, it's obvious he would have to be a substitute at Bernabeu. Benzema is a very good player though the coach's expectations are high but the most important thing is the three points.

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  • 101. At 2:14pm on 27 Jan 2011, Drooper_ wrote:

    #99, I'm a Man City fan responding to Phil's blog about Manchester City loaning out a player to Real Madrid. What has the above got to do with this topic?

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  • 102. At 2:33pm on 27 Jan 2011, rob wrote:

    RM suffers from having too much of a good thing; Adebayor will add to that (problem).

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  • 103. At 2:37pm on 27 Jan 2011, Chriso wrote:

    @98 and @101

    You are in a minority, friend. This board has been predictably hijacked by blinkered and bitter Arsenal "fans" just because the godforsaken name of Adebayor was used in the title. Now let's be clear, there's no generalising and as the posts above have proven, there are some that are able to seperate head from heart who live in Goonerland, but they're a dying breed.

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  • 104. At 2:41pm on 27 Jan 2011, Maru wrote:

    This Dude does not fit into Madrid type of soccer. This is the reason why most players don't succeed in their transfers. The likes of Davor Suker, Ibrahimovic, Shevchenko e.t.c. Great Players but poor choice of clubs to join.

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  • 105. At 2:42pm on 27 Jan 2011, Drooper_ wrote:

    #103, chriso, fair enough.

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  • 106. At 2:47pm on 27 Jan 2011, Pabo Byungshin wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 107. At 2:58pm on 27 Jan 2011, Vincent B Rodriguez wrote:

    • 87. At 12:42pm on 27 Jan 2011, tomefccam wrote:
    @81

    Funny stuff. Forgot where we were 4 years ago. You'd have killed for them signings when you were plundering away with the likes of Vassell and an ancient Andy Cole, Mpenza, DaMarcus Beasley, re-signing Dickov, Dabo and Reyna in the midfield.

    Truly terrible to watch and a team and club that was treading water before investment

    To my recollection, also a club that has not achieved anything of note for decades.


    Yes your right, I’ve only had a season ticket for 20 years so I’ve no idea of our history. When I talk about a bad signing, I’m not necessarily talking about the quality of the player but what he brings to the team. He bought nothing other than a bad attitude and disruption in the dressing room. I would have Dicov back now as a player before him, also of the above pretty much all of them gave some degree of effort.

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  • 108. At 2:58pm on 27 Jan 2011, jez wrote:

    @106 - fair enough - my apologies. I had forgotten about that...

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  • 109. At 3:01pm on 27 Jan 2011, Pabo Byungshin wrote:

    Great, my comment got removed because mentioning something a certain player did - and was fined by his employer for doing - is apparently a 'defamatory comment'.

    Newsflash, BBC - facts are not defamatory. They are facts. You can't get sued by somebody for mentioning something of which they have been proven guilty. Not successfully, at any rate.

    Also, lots of people commenting on this blog seem to have missed where Mr. Minshull mentioned that Adebayor's signing was not Mourinho's: "[Real club president] Perez apparently authorised executive director Jose Angel Sanchez [...] to secure Adebayor's loan signing following the club's regular Monday night meeting of directors."

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  • 110. At 3:03pm on 27 Jan 2011, Pabo Byungshin wrote:

    Aha, I see the person I was responding to saw my comment anyway. Cheers, glad you didn't take it as me picking at your argument, I wholly agree with your point and the two other players you named.

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  • 111. At 3:16pm on 27 Jan 2011, Blaffert wrote:

    I hope he can regain some kind of motivation for the game again.

    If you can't be bothered to give it all for a club like Real you might aswell retire.

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  • 112. At 4:06pm on 27 Jan 2011, Mikey wrote:

    # 104 Please don't mention Ibra... that always starts a massive debate on any football forum..

    Strange you mention Suker.. quality player who did well wherever he went..

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  • 113. At 4:10pm on 27 Jan 2011, tomefccam wrote:

    @107

    "I would have Dicov back now as a player before him (Adebayor)"

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I have just nearly fell off my chair!

    Can anybody else see this comment!?

    I'd sooner have Dickov!!??

    Why because he gives the impression he loves your club!?

    Step into the real world my friend. NO footballer loves the club they play for, with the exception of a rare few who earn the money they want at the club they've always supported.

    Dickov didn't love City, he didn't give 100% for City, he gave 100% for his employees, no matter who they were. If he in a million lightyears would have had the chance to join Real, he'd have worked just the same there.

    What you must realise is that, Adebayor is a complex character, but if you can get his mind right, then he is an awesome footballer. He was not a bad signing for City, he has just never been managed properly since Hughes left.

    This is a fair reflection of Mancini not wanting to let Adebayor's ego get in the way of his management, but this still does not make him a bad signing or bad player. But until Man City win something, his decision to not base his team around Adebayor will not be vindicated.

    But sure, put Dickov up top and he'll run his tripes out

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  • 114. At 4:15pm on 27 Jan 2011, 18years of dominance158 wrote:

    Joke wages frankly for someone of such little quality
    Yes his goals record might be good but the ones that I have seen have all be tap ins and not the goals scored by the greats such as Defoe or maybe Messi and Ronaldo

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  • 115. At 4:20pm on 27 Jan 2011, mpkisr wrote:

    It's baffling to me why Real would need to sign anyone on loan. Adebayor may be a stop-gap, but even when Higuain returns to full fitness Real still need to sign another striker. They can't keep relying on Higuain, especially as he is looking to be a little injury-prone. Benzema will likely leave in the summer, and I can't see Adebayor being a long-term solution, especially given his track record. Therefore why wait until the summer to make a big signing? I hope Adebayor proves me wrong, but if he can't fit in with the other egos at City then I think it unlikely that he can get along with the Galacticos of Madrid.

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  • 116. At 4:26pm on 27 Jan 2011, DieHardGooner wrote:

    I'm sure Mourinho would have gone for a better alternative but it wasn't available. There is talk of Llorente and Sergio Aguero heading to Madrid in the summer, the latter being more likely. I believe Adebayor can be a hit at Real Madrid, but it all depends on whethere he's up for it. The way they play they create a lot of chances from the likes of Ronaldo, Ozil and Di Maria, he could be the missing piece in the jigsaw. I remember Adebayor going on an amazing run when he was at Arsenal and this is the perfect oppurtunity for him to re-ignite his career.

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  • 117. At 4:46pm on 27 Jan 2011, Vincent B Rodriguez wrote:

    113. At 4:10pm on 27 Jan 2011, tomefccam wrote:

    "Dickov didn't love City"

    Take a look at yourself son, Dicov still loves Citeh if you told him he didn't you wouldn't get off the floor for a week.

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  • 118. At 5:07pm on 27 Jan 2011, Ugo wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 119. At 5:23pm on 27 Jan 2011, Gunning4Glory73 wrote:

    Adebayor isn't as bad as people make him. Infact, he is hardworking and can run into channels for you, he proved a goal scorer at Arsenal until fans booed him uncessarily. He never really gave it all after constant insults and Wenger had to sell him. He had an interview wearing an Arsenal shirt showing his loyalty but he still gets abuse from them.

    Wenger and Morinho know how good he is and would take him on-board anytime regardless of how fickle fans are. He is a target man with silky feet for a big guy and with supplies from Ronaldo, Metzil, De Maria and Alonso; he will score loads of goals.

    Goodluck to him and his new team.

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  • 120. At 5:44pm on 27 Jan 2011, RedWhiteandermblue wrote:

    Looks like a smart move by Mourinho. It also looks structured to get the goalscorer they need this year, and only this year. I think Adebayor would have to light up the league to get a contract. But he'll be playing for a contract somewhere, so he should play well.

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  • 121. At 6:41pm on 27 Jan 2011, truebluetoronto wrote:

    I have a couple of observations on this move:
    [1] It'll be interesting to see if Ade continues his same pattern of behaviour at Real as he demonstrated at other clubs (Monaco, Arsenal & City); good start, some spectacular goals, then losing consistency & getting moody & disruptive when he doesn't get to start every game. It'll be interesting to see how Mourinho handles that temperament. Jose is the special one and he doesn't stand any nonesense from anyone, and last year he had only tough love for Balotelli at Inter Milan. I am sure the traumatic events on the way to the African Nations Cup would scar anyone, but City were patient and supportive of Ade afterwards.
    [2] IMHO I don't think this is the best deal for City, but then I don't like loan deals except for young players who need the experience of regular football so they can come back better players. But for now, this deal is better than no deal.
    [3] How quickly people forget that when Ade arrived, there were numerous gunner fan postings about how they were so pleased he had left, because he was lazy & disruptive. City fans didn't understand why at the time, then he scored in his first three games, but infortunately that was just too good to be true and too good to last.
    [4] Real Madrid & Mourinho now have taken on the challenge. Maybe Jose is the tough manager Ade needs to turn his game and his attitude around (I hope so then a permanent deal can be completed at the end of the season in the best interests of all parties). Maybe Jose won't be able to turn his game and his attitude around (I hope not as then he returns at the end of the season in the worst interests of all parties).
    [5] City will have to develop a plan to handle this situation in the future as we have too many ordinary players previously signed on over-priced wage contracts, such as Ade, RSC, Jo, Bridge, Lescott, SWP. They will all have to be found new homes in the near future as they do not represent value for money anywhere and have no future at City. These and a couple of others represent dreadful investments in signing fees (to be written off) and their contracts are huge liabilities (to be bought out).

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  • 122. At 6:57pm on 27 Jan 2011, BOKU 1 wrote:

    Adebayor's problem on and off the pitch have to do with where He comes from. Adebayor is a Nigerian even-though He choose to play for Togo. Every Nigeria football player have this attitude of feeling to be the biggest star once they puts in on unbelievable performance Eg MIKEL and many of them all over Erope.

    MANU is a great striker and proven performer on a big stage, I pray He trow away his Nigerian character and prove MANCINI wrong.

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  • 123. At 7:05pm on 27 Jan 2011, AllanB wrote:

    Even as a Man Utd fan I have to say Adebayor is a quality striker; when he wants to be! That's is the problem though.. Physically brilliant (tall, strong and fast), can play lone striker easy.. and at Real with the quality of passers/crossers there he should be banging them in every match! But he is a child, and needs to be treated like one; pat on the back for being/doing good and a little talking to when he's naughty (at most a slap on the wrist..)

    Mourinho's been at Real for a while now and has had plenty of such practice with CR7 so Adebayor should be no problem for him!

    Why people state wages as an issue for Real Madrid i do not know!? Plus when they'll be paying 17m€ for him (very little for how good he can be) I think they can shell out a bit more than they would normally for his wages..

    Wish him all the best, and hope we see the best of him on a more regular basis!

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  • 124. At 8:01pm on 27 Jan 2011, Sneer1987 wrote:

    First of all, Adebayor is getting paid £165,000 a week?! You've got to be kidding me! Secondly, I don't understand the hype on Adebayor. He only plays when he wants to or he will only play well for the first season and then decide he can't be bothered anymore. Mark my words, at Madrid he will play his socks off while he is on loan there to make sure he gets transferred there and as soon as that happens, he will happily sit on the bench and lap up his high wages.

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  • 125. At 8:43pm on 27 Jan 2011, andys wrote:

    Adebayor is a common player like and we can find lots such players paid less than he gets paid, it's unbelievable how he can earn so much when he shows nothing all the time almost.
    If he will go to Madrid, then he will have to do his best otherwise will be trasferred soon.

    Neil from http://www.diecaststars.com

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  • 126. At 8:48pm on 27 Jan 2011, gooner8 wrote:

    Adebayor wil either flourish in spain or become a complete flop, i think that he s suited 4 the premier league due to his physique and his ability to hold the ball up and get in behind defenses, however great players can play in every league so it wil b interesting 2 c is he adapts, he is obviously going to start otherwise they wudnt hav bought him, but mourinho is a strong admirer of him and wil giv him his full attension and adebayor is one of those players who needs his managers full support in order to perform well an i feel that it wil work altho i dont think he'll stay past the summer

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  • 127. At 9:21pm on 27 Jan 2011, subsaharan_LUFC wrote:

    a good striker, not a world class one. for me, more of an impact sub - losing with 25 mins to go, sling him on. plus, his attitude is all wrong.

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  • 128. At 9:41pm on 27 Jan 2011, dobbiedob wrote:

    I'm an Arsenal fan and I really hope Adebayor finds the success and fullfilment he deserves at tha great and worthy club of Real Madrid...





    ... much

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  • 129. At 9:51pm on 27 Jan 2011, SportsFan wrote:

    Its a good deal for Adebayor. He has not played much games for Manchester City this season. He'll probably play more games at Real Madrid. Its going to be interesting to see how he adapts to the La Liga football. He is nowhere near a world class player but is still a very good player. Mourinho will probably bring the best out of Adebayor at Real Madrid.

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  • 130. At 9:51pm on 27 Jan 2011, dobbiedob wrote:

    'Mourinho can tame him'

    If he were any tamer he'd be dead.

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  • 131. At 05:04am on 28 Jan 2011, Cameron wrote:

    @ Parov1 wrote:
    "Adebayor was a fantastic player for Arsenal and Gooners were gutted when he left, no point pretending otherwise".

    As an Arsenal fan (no hidden agenda see), mad as, blinkered and all the rest, I would have to say, and I at least believe I speak the thoughts of many, many (maybe the majority) of "Arsenal Goons", that Adebayor was not a fantastic player for Arsenal.

    He was good, even very good for a season, then he was very bad, but he definitely was not "fantastic".

    I think I can say with a fair sense of certainty that we Gooners were certainly not gutted when he left. On the contrary, I think most Gooners were elated that we got rid of him. The only fantastic bit was that Arsene managed to get 25mil for him.

    In my humble opinion, there are a couple of reasons why Manu is so disliked and even hated by Arsenal fans.

    The first reason has little or nothing to do with his wages or any other monetary thing. It was that he said that AC Milan enquiring about his services was like “a boy being told that Beyoncé was looking for them”. That was the turning point.

    I guess because we Gooners were and are sick and tired of our top players running us through the will he/won’t he leave mill every summer or transfer window that as soon as he said that about a move to Milan, the response from Gooners became - Good Riddance, if you don’t want to be here, and would rather play for Milan, then see ya pal, we don’t want you playing for us if you’d rather be elsewhere. Especially because he had only put in one good season.

    Now Manu saying that had nothing to do with him being unhappy at Arsenal at the time, it just illustrated to the fans that Arsenal would not be his first choice.

    So when Manu’s performances became rubbish, he was let know in no uncertain terms, seeing as it was ok for him to let everyone know his view on things.

    The second thing that sealed the deal in so much as us Gooners slating him, was his goal celebration for Man City against us. I am told that the “vitriol” being directed at him was terrible, but still, a player with class would have sucked it up, and not celebrated or at least kept it simple.

    But to run length of the pitch and slide on his knees right in front of the travelling Arsenal fans, that was poor form, and that was probably what sealed the deal in some Gooners hating him.

    Arshavin probably only avoided the same treatment after his Barca comment because he was so new, he had starred for Russia at Euro 2008 which promised us much, and he was 28/29 at the time, and Barca would have had no room for him so we all knew it was an unlikely move anyway.

    His 4 goals against Liverpool and a thunder bolt at Old Trafford that were etched into our collective memories probably didn’t hurt his cause either. Rosicky has never even hinted that he would like to leave, has been injured for ever so no case to answer as far as I can tell.

    There is a pretty clear distinction for Arsenal fans about former player.

    If the player has put in their all, and left when their contract was up, or were sold on with no bad blood and haven’t gone to Spurs, then they will enjoy a nice reception when or if they return.

    If a player whinges too much, sulks or angles for a move elsewhere while at Arsenal then we reserve the right to drop them like a hot rock and then direct our abuse in their direction.

    Some tools are just natural born haters and will jeer anyone and everyone for a bad or below par performance. i.e. England Boo Boys.

    We Gooners still do love Henry, Vieira, Pires, Ljungberg, Gilberto Silva, Kanu, Campbell and more even though they all still currently play, some even for rival EPL teams.

    Cashley Cole is/was a unique case though. I mean the guy nearly Cashed (sorry Crashed) his car when he heard he was getting 5K a week less to play for AFC instead of Chelski.

    The sort of selfish, arrogant rubbish he went on with during and after his move is why he is despised, not because he went to Chelski or left Arsenal as such.

    Same sort of deal for Adebayor. It has nothing to do with wages, everything to do with his attitude while at Arsenal, and then his childish antics in his first meeting with his former club.

    That’s why we don’t like him.

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  • 132. At 07:01am on 28 Jan 2011, classof49unbeatenrun wrote:

    His greatest motivation will be the possibility of a permanent deal at the end of the season and the desire to leave City. He will be fired up just like he was when playing Arsenal last season when he run the length of the pitch to taunt Arsenal fans after scoring against them.
    I'm not sure though if he will maintain the same levels if he gets the permanent deal at the end of the season. His work rate can be dismal at times. Be ware when Arsene Wenger sales you a player!

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  • 133. At 08:22am on 28 Jan 2011, Djavue wrote:

    I think questioning the ability of Adebayor is Really , Unfair. We are in a poor period of striker performance in general. Rooney, Drogba ,Van Persie, Defoe , In General Except Berbatov who is not that good striker in means of Continuity.

    Managers all over the world started to set midfield to 6 or 5 people to give the Midfielder more room to score. So Adebayor to Madrid is not score goals , is To give space for kaka ,benzema , C.R , De Maria ,Ozil to score goals

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  • 134. At 09:38am on 28 Jan 2011, jawikondiek wrote:

    When will the likes of Jose Mourinho ever nurture talent to be admired by other coaches? I have never heard of a player picked by Mourinho from some obscured league, put on the bench to mature and released to the pitch as a deadly striker, midfielder or defender. This is why Sir Alex Fergusson and Arsene Wenger are football managers in a class of their own.

    Anyway, let Adebayor go in peace except that i dont understand why the careers of many talented soccer players start declining the moment they leave the English Premier for any other league. This is always followed by obscurity for the player before he fades in thin air. i believe it could be a curse and if you think i'm being superstitious then consider the following:

    1. David Beckham - No longer as valuable as he used to be during his days at Man U. I cant tell whether his career currently lies in soccer or in modelling.
    2. Thierry Henry - Is he still alive?
    3. Ruud Van Nistelroy - Must be playing for Al-Shabaab FC in Somalia. I hear someone want to buy him from Al-Shabaab back to Real!
    4. Pires - Only google may assist in tracing his whereabouts
    etc.
    5. And now Adebayor - After one year we will only be hearing of him being signed by Kawangware United in my country Kenya.

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  • 135. At 5:34pm on 28 Jan 2011, Pabo Byungshin wrote:

    David Beckham is almost 36. Of course he's not as valuable as he was when he was in his 20s. Despite this, he's been useful enough to play in the Milan first team within the last 12 months.

    Thierry Henry left the EPL when he was about to hit 30, and was widely considered at least a year past his prime; he went into a Barcelona side that had/has so many world-class players that he had to play out of position to get a game. Yes, he's still alive, he plays for New York Red Bulls in the US.

    van Nistelrooy left Man Utd to score 64 goals in 96 games for Real Madrid... if this is obscurity, then your definition is somewhat different from mine. He's now playing for Hamburg in Germany. Not bad for a 34-year-old who's suffered some horrific luck with injuries over his career.

    Pires spent a few years at Villareal, getting to two Champions' League quarter finals, and is now at Aston Villa. If you need Google to find that club, then I'm not sure how you even got here. Sure, his best days were at Arsenal, but as with Henry age has more to do with this than anything else.

    While we're talking about players moving from the EPL to other leagues, why not mention players like Forlan who has gone from being a flop in the EPL, to being one of the best players at last year's World Cup.

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  • 136. At 12:57pm on 30 Jan 2011, Phil Minshull wrote:

    Mpk87: “Even when Higuain returns to full fitness Real still need to sign another striker They can't keep relying on Higuain, especially as he is looking to be a little injury-prone…. Therefore why wait until the summer to make a big signing?” A good point but Real seem to be relying on the impressive but young reserve team striker Alvaro Morata as the emergency standby up front until the summer comes. They refused to loan him out to second division Rayo Vallencano 10 days ago, when who was going to be signed by Real was still a matter of some conjecture.

    DieHardGooner: “There is talk of Llorente and Sergio Aguero heading to Madrid in the summer, the latter being more likely.” I think it is the other way around. Athletic Bilbao appear to be happy to sell Llorente next summer if the price is right, maybe in the region of €20 million (or maybe even a little more?) as he still has two years left on his contract, and the Basque side have done nothing to deny rumours that Real have been in touch with them. Llorente has been making all the right, albeit cautious, noises along the lines of ‘his pride at being linked to a big club like Real’.However, Atletico have denied that Real have been talking to them about Aguero after the rumours started just over a week ago. Of course, Aguero has a buy out clause of €60 million and Real could theoretically pay that and not bother negotiating with Atletico, but I suspect that may be too much even for Real considering Aguero’s slightly injury-prone status.

    Cyril Sneer: “First of all, Adebayor is getting paid £165,000 a week?! You've got to be kidding me!” I’m sure that’s what a few Real Madrid players said when the news broke that his loan signing was confirmed!

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  • 137. At 11:09pm on 30 Jan 2011, Sam wrote:

    There is no guarantee that this signing will work. Despite Adebayor's great strength and his aerial ability, he is inconsistent and selfish, not to mention Spanish referees blow whistle every time there is little contact, very different to what you see in the Premier League and Serie A (one of the reasons why Ibra's strong physical presence never worked for him in Barcelona). Madrid directors have certainly done the maths and eventually took the risk of paying his high salary in search of Madrid's missing piece of the puzzle.

    However, I think we are drifting away from Madrid's real problems. Ever wondered why Madrid don't invest in long-term projects? Why sign a player on loan? Why sack coaches every season? Why not give Castilla's Álvaro Morata a chance? The perfect example is right in front of their eyes: FC Barcelona. A team that has its roots grown from their youth systems with a foreign touch of a few world-class players like Abidal and Dani Alves; and don't get me wrong, Madrid have a very good youth system. I dare say it is in par with Barcelona's La Masia and Athletic Bilbao' cantera. Just look how many of the top players of La Liga have emerged from Castilla: Matá, Granero, Negredo, Eto'o, Arbeloa, Parejo and the list goes on. Problem is that all of them left the team because they never got the chance to feature the first team. Also Madrid need to have more Spanish players in their line-up. Remember Los Galácticos of the Noughties? A blend of players from the youth system such as Raúl and Casillas, with the addition of world-class Spanish players such as Hierro, Helguera, Salgado and Morientes as well as the foreign superstars such as Zidane et al coached by the intelligent and modest Del Bosque. This is what Madrid need, and sometimes it is better to start from scratch and build a strong foundation slowly rather than desperately trying to do miracles in a short while. Unfortunately Madrid directors are too desperate for silverware to invest in long-term plans (even though they initially claimed they were when the signed Özil, dí Maria and Khedira). Mourinho's obsessions don't help the case either, and we all know whether he does well in the Spanish capital or not, he will leave after a few years for a new challenge. Why don't Madrid hire Míchel instead to start a new project? A Madrid legend who is doing very well indeed with Getafe.

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