The Ade & BAE problem

Benoît Assou-Ekotto headbutted a team mate at the end of Cameroon's 4-0 thrashing by Luka Modric's Croatia.

The Ade & BAE problem



Cameroon started brightly, an Essou-Ekotto corner led to a chance as did a free-kick he took but against the run of play Croatia went ahead after just 11 minutes. Then Alex Song got himself sent off elbowing Mario Mandzukic in an off-the-ball incident. Thanks to his stupidity Cameroon had to play the last 50 minutes with 10 men. They stood no chance.

After 91 minutes Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Mkandjo have some argy-bargy and Benny thrusts his head into his teammate. Eto'o then had to stop them in the tunnel after the game as well.

Benny you always see as a placid guy but he and AVB didn't get along, AVB and Adebayor didn't get along. Is this because the pair don't want to push themselves in training, just wanting to turn up and play? That has certainly been what Assou-Ekotto has said before and Adebayor had has his troubles when things don't go his way.

I have to question how the two would get on under Mauricio Pochettino in his boot camp training, super fit and lots of hard work.

Emmanuel Adebayor is 30 now and only has a year left on his contract. We either sell him now and get a fee or he can leave for nothing at the end of the year.

Tottenham are searching for a striker because in a year they will need one, but having sold Jermain Defoe they could do with another one now. Harry Kane will get more opportunities to develop but an injury to a main striker then leaves the club short.

Roberto Soldado flopped. Make what excuses you like, bottom line, he flopped. Will he come good next season, will he even be here. The answer to the latter is probably because nobody will pay the fee but if reports are correct he is desperate to get away from Tottenham.

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Spurs then have a bit of a dilemma and the striker crisis we have had for a few years shows no signs of going away. We need a younger talented striker, if Lukaku is to be that man then we'll need to raise some cash. It's unlikely we will raise that from Soldado so that leaves selling Adebayor, who has expressed his desire to stay.

Levy, Pochettino, Baldini and the board have some tough decisions to make. Reports suggest that means selling Adebayor with Monaco interested.

Benoît Assou-Ekotto is also 30 and also has just one year left on his contract. He is in the same situation.

Tottenham we know are looking to bring in a left-back, if they do Benny will be on his way for a small fee. If we don't secure one then he'll provide competition for Danny Rose and leave on a free transfer next summer.

Again it's a problem position. Two hard decisions to make.

We has upheaval last summer with seven signings, we can't go completely changing the team again, we need new centre-backs remember. Quite how next season will go is anyone’s guess. Unfortunately more transfer dealings are now done in the last week of the window than any other time as clubs play chicken with each other.

Once we know what our team might be, we;ll have more of an idea of what we can expect.





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