Queens Park Rangers have reportedly moved first in the race to sign Spurs’ Emmanuel Adebayor on transfer deadline day according to the Mirror.
Bringing in the temperamental Togolese strikes uncomfortable parallels with the ill-thought-out recruitment during their last Premier League relegation season.
However, his superb record in first seasons at recent employers suggests his goalscoring talents may be rejuvenated by new surroundings.
Moreover the way he has responded to motivator-style managers, Harry Redknapp among them, in the past implies Loftus Road could be the ideal destination.
Adebayor – 3/1 to join QPR before the end of deadline day – hit 14 goals in 26 league games in his first season at Manchester City, eight in 22 appearances on loan at Real Madrid and 17 in 33 league games during his first campaign for Spurs.
The most recent of those first-season hot streaks came under Redknapp’s tutelage at White Hart Lane.
Although he fell from grace dramatically under ‘notepad gaffer’ Andre Villas-Boas, a subsequent renaissance under Redknapp protégé Tim Sherwood suggests that Adebayor responds well to the now R’s boss’ managerial stylings.
The former Arsenal striker came back in from the cold under Sherwood to net 14 goals in 24 outings between December 2013 and the end of the season.