Tottenham have emerged as leaders in the battle to sign former Schalke striker Ciprian Marica, but rather than further swell the White Hart Lane wage bill they should consider making more effort to rehabilitate a potentially brilliant striker within their ranks.
Spurs have been in excellent form in the early days of the Premier League season, only being denied top spot by rivals Arsenal thanks to an inferior goal difference and they’re now just 11/1 to win the title as a result.
However, much like their north London enemies a distinct lightness in the striking department has led them to consider a move for Marica.
The Romanian had previously interested Arsenal – along with almost any other club in Europe still in need of a striker after the close of the transfer window – due to his availability as a free agent.
In the end the Gunners were reported to have baulked at the 64-times-capped international’s £60,000-a-week wage demands and Tottenham really should be doing likewise.
Marica has only once managed more than four goals during his six Bundesliga campaigns and his modest goal-scoring exploits mean that the Lilywhites would be better off using the marginalised Adebayor as their third striker.
£25m summer buy Roberto Soldado is clearly top dog at White Hart Lane, but in Jermain Defoe Andre Villas-Boas has a more than able deputy for his Spanish hitman.
Rather than further burden the payroll, it makes more sense to attempt to get some use out of the Togolese in return for the £100,000 weekly wages he currently receives.
Even during a 2012/13 campaign which hastened the preparation of his one-way ticket out of the club he still had the extravagant ability to score wonderful goals like the effortless 25-yard strike which earned his team a draw at Stamford Bridge.
The season before that he netted 17 times in 33 league games for the Lilywhites and while he may well move on in January his scoring record and ability to do the unexpected makes him a superior third choice to Marica.
Still only 29-years-old, the former Arsenal, Man City and Real Madrid man has plenty more to offer if Tottenham can nurture him back to the vibrant, lethal striker of recent years and an in-form Adebayor would make any January transfer shenanigans unnecessary.