Just a quick one to let you know I’m still alive. I’m flooded with work at the newspaper I’m working with at present, so blogging has taken a backseat to latenight shifts with the media.
I hope none of you are being rocked by constant shouts from Adebayor’s agent trying to press for a move. We’ve all heard Ade’s constant and consistent words to the press that he is very happy at the club and dedicated to Wenger and Arsenal. Arsene Wenger himself has repeatedly told AC Milan to go jump in a hole.
His agent, however, has been stoking the fires of transfer rumours in order to hike up a pay-rise for his client, in the midst of interest from AC Milan and Barcelona.
Two things to say here are:
- Adebayor is going nowhere. Compared to other players we might mention, Ade has constantly allayed fears he is leaving, saying he wants to improve on his goalscoring record this season just gone, and build on it for forthcoming campaigns.
- Ade – you’ve just signed a new contract. Now you want another raise? I, for the record, have always stood by the often under-fire striker. Given his flaws as a player, I still stand by the fact he is exceptionally talented in so many other faculties, but this contract wrangling is grating on myself and others.
So what to make of it all? I believe Adebayor to be quite a loyal player by today’s standards. His constant scoring against Spurs is a joy to behold, as is the thumping of badge upon chest everytime he does it. His line to the media has been as consistent as his agent has been infuriating. I do not believe for a second that either Milan or Barca will get ‘their man’.
I also do not believe that Ade is deserving of a pay-rise just yet, but the Arsenal board may be in a more precarious position than I am (all I have to do is offer snobby opinions). They have to pay the damn players, and that they probably will with regards to Adebayor’s new contract.
Before you jump on his back, let’s give him a season. He played very well this season just gone, scoring a mammoth 30 goals. That’s no spare change. If he can get anything above 20 this season coming, then the pay-rise is justified. Anything else (with reasonable excuse, like injuries), then we can all have a whine and a moan.
If any queries are being made towards the headline, compare Adebayor’s plight to Fernando Torres. Chelsea are reportedly offering up to £40million for the forward’s services. That’s a massive £4million or so for the agent to possibly recoup. Have we heard a pip? Not a squeak. Something to learn, Ade’s agent.
Don’t you just hate today’s wages and spending?