Emmanuel Adebayor is like the prodigal son, he keeps returning, or at least he seemed to be able to do that. In a colourful premier league spanning 7 years, Adebayor has delighted and infuriated in equal measure. At Arsenal, he went through more peaks and troughs than a rollercoaster, and his Manchester City career is remembered more for his celebrations than any actual playing acumen. Then in 2011, Adebayor signed for Tottenham Hotspur, where he had a great season, scoring over 15 premier league goals.
However, since then he has drifted into obscurity, spending the entire 2012-13 season on the bench at Spurs, and although he played 25 times in the league, the majority of them were as a substitute, with only a measly 5 goals scored.
It has been much the same this season at Spurs with the striker only making a handful appearances and just a couple of league starts. His prospects do not look very bright. Ahead of him in the pecking order is Roberto Soldado, a summer acquistion from Valencia of considerable pedigree and Jermain Defoe, who has starred for Spurs this season, particularly in European Competitions. Then there is gifted attacking midfielders Christian Eriksen and Paulinho, both of whom can play the role Emmanuel Adebayor covets.
Having said that, Spurs have struggled for goals this season, with Soldado largely anonymous beside a few penalties. Although tight at the back, Spurs may just need to play the wildcard of Emmanuel Adebayor to challenge for a place in the top 4 of the league.