Emmanuel Adebayor has apparently gone on strike from Manchester City in a move that could earn the Togolese striker a £300,000 fine. Unhappy at the being left out of the club’s tour of America, Adebayor ignored instructions to report to pre-season training with City’s other fringe players. Now, the list of daft things the former Arsenal man has doesn’t exactly make for short reading (demanding a pay rise at the Emirates, joining City, that celebration, to name just a few of his ill-advised decisions) and it’s not as if footballers are regularly accused of having any brains, but it can’t be a wise move to go toe-to-toe with a club as powerful as Manchester City.
Adebayor thinks he’s been harshly treated by City, and to be fair to him, I’d partly agree. During his time at Eastlands he has netted 19 times (14 goals in 31 games in 09/10 and 5 in 12 for 10/11) so surely he’s doing what he is paid to do. Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli repaid their multi-million pound transfer fees with a combined 8 goals last season for City. It’s hard to see Roberto Mancini’s logic on this one. It not as it Adebayor is the only ego at the Etihad Stadium – Carlos Tevez is practically in charge! But deciding not to turn up to training is a bad move.
He has three years to run on his contract and City are unlikely to receive dozens of bids fro top clubs for someone who behaves like this. Does he really want to spend three years in the reserves or even risk being sued by City? Another problem for Adebayor will be the lack of clubs willing to consider matching the 27-year-old’s £140,000-a-week wages. Shay Given, Wayne Bridge, Nedum Onuoha and even Craig Bellamy did as they were told and reported for training. They may also need to accept wage cuts in order to secure moves away from City but it’s fair to say there will probably be more interest in these lads from other clubs than there will be in Adebayor.
Adebayor would be wise to learn from former Arsenal and Man City forward Nicolas Anelka. After leaving Highbury and subsequently falling out of favour with Real Madrid for refusing to train, the Frenchman spent eight years playing for fairly average sides like Fenerbahce, pre-Sheikh Mansour Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers, before finally earning a decent move to Chelsea. Adebayor is a class player but what club would be willing to take on such a gamble? It’s a shame he’s already a Manchester City player.