Emmanuel Adebayor may still be a Tottenham Hotspur player, but his time at White Hart Lane has been over for some time now.
The 31-year-old striker has only made one appearance for Spurs since January, coming on as a substitute for a ten-minute cameo against Manchester United.
[ PL Preview: Southampton vs. Tottenham ]
After scoring 40 goals in his first three seasons at Tottenham, Adebayor has only scored twice in eight appearances this year, his last goal coming in October.
Much of his decreased playing time has to do with the emergence of Harry Kane, who has 30 goals on the season and wore the captain’s armband in Tottenham’s last two matches.
It is clear Adebayor isn’t in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, but with a year left on his contract at $150,000 per week, the club is having trouble finding a suitor to pay such high wages for an underperforming player.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is keen to get Adebayor away from White Hart Lane, and is willing to let the striker walk on a free transfer. However, Spurs will have to pay the difference of his contract with his current deal.
Adebayor looked like he was on his way to West Ham during the January transfer window, but Levy blocked the move because he did not want to sell to one of Tottenham’s biggest rivals.
After being granted a leave of absence to go back to his native Togo for a week during December, it looked clear that Adebayor was on his way out at Spurs. Now with the club willing to pay money to see him leave, it shows how far he has fallen out of favor in north London.