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Bouquets and brickbats for Ade

Bouquets and brickbats for Ade

It must seem something of a bittersweet week for Adebayor who has just been awarded African Player of the Year 2008 by the 54 African federation members. It is an achievement he can justly take pride in especially as still a couple of weeks short of his 25th birthday he is less than 18 months older than the player awarded African Young Player of the Year. Congratulations to him are deserved.

His form last season was impressive and led to a number of European clubs, notably Milan and Barcelona, contemplating bids above £20m to acquire his services. This season hasn`t gone quite so well though his goals and assists tallies are still respectable.

The injury suffered in the game on Sunday will keep him out of the side for a while. If he were feeling bad about that then post match comments from former Arsenal manager George Graham, were he aware of them, won`t have made him feel any better.

Graham said: 'Let's be honest - was Adebayor even on the pitch before he got injured? He has unbelievable potential but he is not getting the best out of himself.

'The team and the manager are not getting the best out of him. Ever since he signed a new contract he has gone backwards.

'Every time they knocked the ball up to him in the first half it was coming straight back."

Despite his form not matching last seasons levels he has been a regular pick for Wenger as, maybe only possible in an Arsenal team, while not yet 25 he is one of our more experienced players.

At times this season he appears to lack confidence, whether in himself or those around him, but much the same could be said of many in the team. The enforced rest won`t do him any harm and with a third of the season still to go there is time for him to make a greater mark.

In the meantime the award should remind him and others that he does have quality and this season will have let him know that it hasn`t to be taken for granted.

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Date:Wednesday February 11 2009
Time: 11:10AM


What George Graham said was/is bang on! I just hope he can find some form again. It is important though to remind everyone how young he still is. Providing that it's accurate (you never know with some countries, remember Roger Miller and maybe Patrick V too).
11/02/2009 11:26:00
It's good that you point out his stats are actually very good and a match for last seasons at this stage. Nobody could deny he isn't playing quite as well but he's certainly not playing as badly as people are making out. For Ade, his behaviour in the summer was always going to mean fans would wait excitedly and expectantly for excuses to criticise him- that's what happens when you act like an idiot. But it's also worth mentioning that the service this year is not a patch on what he had last year. Even before Cesc was injured, the lack of ball playing midfielders means midfield is bypassed and the ball is generally just lumped up at his head where he can't really do an awful lot with it. A richly deserved award nonetheless.
Little Dutch
11/02/2009 11:29:00
It's not the goal/assist tallies that bother me, it's the looking like he couldn't give a crap. On Sunday a couple of times I saw him control the ball further than I can kick it and he didn't even make the slightest attempt to rectify his mistake, I mean he didn't even move. I'm not sure what's going on in his head but I hope the rest does him good otherwise he may well find himself out of the team .... especially if Dudu can find some sort of form!
11/02/2009 11:31:00
His stats are good, 12 goals and 8 assists i believe, but like Rocky said he just does not look interested/commited/passionate enoguth at the moment. Maybe he is tired, maybe he has played through injury or maybe it is just the lack of all round service, but i feel he needs tro give more in his performances.
11/02/2009 11:44:00
Bang on GG! He deserves it for last season, if he's comparing himself to Henry and now on £80k a week, i expect him to deliver more. Last season was his absolute zenith, there's no way he can reach that again. Mercenarie i'm afraid.
11/02/2009 11:45:00
11/02/2009 11:47:00
Ade just grow your locks and get back in form! :D
11/02/2009 13:02:00
I've got to agree with Rocky. I've always supported Ade for his ability and what he brings to our game - the powerful presence upfront and his involvement in our overall build up play. Some of that is not going to be so good this season, as the quality of the team has declined, but his work rate has dropped drastically. That is extremely disappointing and deserves a lot of criticism. We missed Ade earlier in the season (due to suspension/injury) and Bendtner couldnt replace him effectively enough. Now, lets hope Dudu can strike up a partnership with RvP, coz that will be crucial for the rest of the season.
11/02/2009 13:35:00
He needs to realise he's not droppable, because, as has been pointed out, his workrate now borders on the lazy. The return of Eduardo/purchase of Arshavin coupled with a few more returning from injury may give him a kick up the arse he deserves.
11/02/2009 13:42:00
I wonder if we can play a 4-3-3. Clichy, Toure, Gallas, Sagna with Denilson dropping deep and Fabregas & Nasri either side. Then Eduardo up front with Arshavin & Van persie as wing forwards. Walcott could come on for any of the 3 up front etc
11/02/2009 14:11:00
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