Defoe potential dented as Adebayor completes Spurs move


Emmanuel Adebayor has today completed his permanent transfer to Tottenham in a £5m deal.

The move sees Adebayor, priced at 9.5 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), return to the club where he became a fantasy favourite last season, with 194 total points, with 17 goals, 12 assists and 31 bonus points. So what does this mean for our FPL thinking this season?

Adebayor’s return has instant consequences for Jermain Defoe, who scored in Tottenham’s opening day loss at Newcastle.

Defoe’s role as a regular starter now looks in doubt, with many anticipating Adebayor resuming his role as the lone frontman in a 4-2-3-1 system.

It’s not the only option, though. Andre Villas-Boas could try to accomodate both Adebayor and Defoe in a 4-4-2, but this would almost definitely mean that one of Glyfi Sigurdsson or Rafael van der Vaart would miss out, with one partnering a more defensive-minded player in the centre.

Should Adebayor ply his trade as the lone front man, whoever plays off him, whether that be Sigurdsson or Van der Vaart, could be set to prosper, as we saw Van der Vaart link up to great effect with Adebayor last season.

Certainly, Defoe looks a very risky option now, despite his electric form for England and Spurs.

For me, Defoe owners should hold on to their man this weekend for the home clash against West Brom.

Adebayor has had an inadequate pre-season, so I would not be surprised to see him eased in from the bench, especially considering Defoe’s form.

Adebayor will no doubt be on many a fantasy watchlist, with the West Brom game followed by NOR, rdg, QPR, but those transferring the Togo international into their squads this weekend will be crossing their fingers for an immediate starting role.

A Fernando Torres to Adebayor switch in Gameweek 3 could work, with Chelsea missing the gameweek, of course.

In other news, Michael Dawson looks to be on his way out of White Hart Lane after QPR had a £7.5m bid accepted for the centre-back.

Mark Hughes has acted quickly to bolster his defence after Saturday’s 5-0 drubbing by Swansea.

Those holding Clint Hill and Anton Ferdinand, QPR’s centre-back pairing against Swansea, will be twitching ever so slightly at the prospect of Dawson replacing their men.

Clint Hill looks the most likely to lose his place after being hooked off on 64 minutes of Saturday’s game.

For Tottenham, well who knows. Jan Vertonghen is expected to come into the starting XI this weekend, alongside Younes Kaboul, with William Gallas dropping out.

Gallas captained Tottenham in the defeat to Newcastle, though, so it’s far from certain!