Early Doors

Which Adebayor have Tottenham signed?

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If you are going to announce you have just signed a new, permanent deal at a club, you might as well do it with some verve.

Emmanuel Adebayor revealed he had sealed his transfer from Manchester City to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday via Twitter by saying: "I'm back. Tottenham here I come. I'm hungry for goals... Get ready."

It is possibly the most enigmatically portentious tweet since Wu Tang Clan's one-word summary of their pre-London 2012 excitement which read, simply: "Olympics."

The striker finally makes his full-time return to north London having spent a successful spell on loan at White Hart Lane last season in which he scored 17 league goals and set up another 11. Only three players bettered either of those respective tallies.

So, you would think that such a player, especially one who at 28 years of age was in or approaching his peak years, would cost a bundle, right? Well, not exactly.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for driving a hard bargain, but signing the striker for a £5 million fee and getting City to still contribute more than half of his £175,000-a-week wages in order not to break to London club's wage structure is exceptional even by his standards.

If not in terms of goals, then the words-per-minute rate that Adebayor delivers also offers exceptional value for money. The fast-talking Togolese later told the Tottenham website: "ItmayhavetakenlongerthanexpectedbutIamdelightedtobebackatTottenhamHotspur. IreallyenjoyedmytimeherelastseasonandIamhopingwecanachievegreatthingstogetheragain."

It is plain to see why Tottenham would want to invest in Adebayor. After all, they only had one senior striker on their books when they lost at Newcastle on Saturday. The man who scored eight goals in nine appearances against them while he was an Arsenal player seems as suitable a candidate as any.

But the general consensus outside of the club is that Spurs have taken a risk on a player who only delivers when he is angling for something, be it a big-money move or a new contract.

Have Tottenham signed the fun-loving forward who indulges in celebratory dance routines and gets his hair dyed in extravagant colours with his team-mates, or will it be the dressing-room poison he is alleged to have become during the latter days of his stints at Arsenal and City that has just got his feet under the table?

Adebayor was just 20 when he made his Arsenal debut in early 2005, but he was soon a first-team fixture. His break-out season came in 2007/08 when he scored 30 goals in all competitions, including a run of scoring at least once in nine consecutive games and the second in the Gunner's memorable 2-0 win at the San Siro.

That success went to his head, however, and he was soon agitating for a move to Milan, Barcelona, Juventus — anywhere except Arsenal, it seemed. That led to a series of sulking performances the following season as a move failed to materialise, something the Arsenal faithful did not take kindly too.

Despite still scoring 16 goals in his last year at Arsenal, Adebayor was flogged off to Manchester in 2009 for a fee in excess of £20 million and written off at the Emirates as a one-season wonder. Sound familiar?

At City he also began strongly, scoring 14 Premier League goals including the one against Arsenal which led to him charging maniacally down the length of the Eastlands pitch to celebrate in front of the visiting fans. How would City fans feel if he did the same against them this season, knowing that their club was still paying him £95,000 a week?

Once more, things went awry for Adebayor, as new manager Roberto Mancini made it clear he did not fancy working with him. To hammer the point home, he signed Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, leaving Adebayor to embark on a rather haphazard loan spell at Real Madrid before having a more fruitful time of it at Spurs.

Now he is at the London club full-time, it seems that cultivating and maintaining a decent relationship with the notoriously prickly Andre Villas-Boas will be the only external issue to stop Adebayor thriving at Spurs. The rest is up to him.

Adebayor is a player who has sulked his way out of his two previous clubs in England. But given his age and the knowledge that he will undoubtedly be number one at Tottenham, the third time might be the charm for him.

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