It has taken less than a season but Tottenham Hotspur supporters already appear to have the same attitude towards Emmanuel Adebayor as their north London rivals Arsenal.
Adebayor scored 46 goals in 104 appearances for Arsenal – a very good return overall but still the former Togo international was not well liked at The Emirates.
On his day he was brilliant and unplayable but on occasions he was lazy, lacked determination and appeared to play without passion in the red and white of Arsenal.
Gunners’ supporters were delighted when Adebayor sealed a £25m-plus deal to Manchester City.
The 28-year-old, who is on a reported £170,000-a-week at Manchester City, has been on loan at Tottenham this season.
He has scored 14 goals for Spurs and has been a near ever-present this season – but despite calls from team-mate Rafael van der Vaart for Adebayor to sign a permanent deal at White Hart Lane – Tottenham fans don’t seem certain.
He’s tall, he’s strong, he holds the ball up well, he brings other players into the game but when he doesn’t fancy it – Adebayor is appalling.
And sadly, Adebayor is at his worst when the team is struggling and you’re relying on your talisman up front to score a goal from nowhere.
Looking at the leading English goal scorers in the Premier League this season, Grant Holt is second behind Wayne Rooney with 12 goals for Norwich City.
What makes this even more impressive is that he has scored his goals in just 18 appearances, making it a very strong return for a team that were one of the favourites to go down.
The 30-year-old hasn’t limited his goals against defences of the league’s smaller sides, scoring against some of the big clubs too including Chelsea and Liverpool.
He has scored two more than the next eligible candidate to go to the Euro 2012 – Daniel Sturridge with 10 goals – and the fact that the likes of Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe and forgotten man Peter Crouch have only scored a handful of goals surely makes Holt a worthy contender.
He’s 6ft tall and strong in the air – and if Harry Redknapp does get the England job then Holt’s big-man presence could appeal to him.
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