Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy tried to persuade unwanted striker Emmanuel Adebayor to move to Aston Villa by telling him they were “going places”, as per the Daily Mail.
“I believe I can produce the goals, but I am not alone here”.
Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has dismissed former manager Tim Sherwood’s recent criticism of him, claiming he will be able to adapt to his new club’s style of play.
But Adebayor was unwilling to relocate to the Midlands and wants to commute from his London home.
Sherwood, who was a glorified caretaker at Tottenham, now has to be architect and builder alike at a team that represents something of a laboratory.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: “It will be a carnival atmosphere”.
Understandably, some fans are upset losing their star player with his name being one of the most popular ones to feature on the back of replica jerseys.
“He was here and we spoke, but he’s a Tottenham player”.
“It’s unfair to talk about him [Adebayor] because he is a Tottenham player”, he said.
This is an experiment if Sherwood, a motivator with an enviable winning percentage in his brief coaching career, has the transfer-market nous to back up his bravado.
Sherwood has signed Jordan Ayew, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye from Ligue 1 in France while also bringing in Rudy Gestede from Blackburn.
“I think we cross more balls into the box than any club in the league and I think Christian says he feeds off crosses, said Sherwood last month”. He’s a Tottenham player.
Villa have much bigger injury concerns with Jack Grealish, Gary Gardner, Jores Okore and new signing Jose Crespo all unlikely to feature, while Ron Vlaar will definitely miss out after undergoing knee surgery in the summer. Brad Guzan and Carlos Sanchez are available for selection after busy global summers at the Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments respectively.