Jermaine Jenas: Why Man United should sign Emmanuel Adebayor
Jermaine Jenas says Emmanuel Adebayor could do a job for Crystal Palace, Man United, Newcastle and Norwich City
Emmanuel Adebayor would be a good short-term signing for Manchester United, according to Jermaine Jenas.
The Togo striker is currently without a club after he was discarded by Tottenham Hotspur in September after he fell out-of-favour under Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
If I were a Premier League manager in need of goals this month, I would break the bank to get Adebayor for the next six months
Adebayor, who is still reportedly receiving £100,000-a-week from the north London club in the final year of his Spurs contract, has been posting a series of Instagram videos to seemingly prove his fitness.
However, Jenas believes the 31-year-old African striker could be a good temporary solution for a number of Premier League clubs, including United and Crystal Palace.
“Ade is the kind of player who needs his ego to be fed, and any manager who has done that has been rewarded with top performances,” Jenas wrote in his Yahoo Sport column.
“That’s why, if I were a Premier League manager in need of goals this month, I would break the bank to get Adebayor for the next six months. And there are a lot of clubs that fall into that category: Crystal Palace, Man United, Norwich, Newcastle.
“These kinds of clubs could do a lot worse than signing Adebayor on a short-term deal. And for those near the bottom, he will almost guarantee you safety.”
Adebayor could become the Premier League’s highest-scoring African if the former Manchester City striker joins a top-flight club in the January transfer window.
On accusations of Adebayor being a mercenary, Jenas added: “There were reports in the summer that Aston Villa wanted Ade to take a pay cut to play for them, or that Spurs wanted him to write off some of the money on his contract.
“We don’t know the full details, but you can’t ever really expect a player to accept less money when they’re entitled to more.”
Adebayor has scored 96 goals in 230 Premier League games, with the former Spurs man just behind Chelsea Didier Drogba, who netted 104 times in 254 games in the English top-flight.