Early Doors

The star City still pay £40,000-a-week could derail their title bid

With five goals, Emmanuel Adebayor has matched his Premier League goals total from last season - in seven games this season, compared to 25 in 2012-13.

The in-form striker represents the biggest threat to title-chasing Manchester City, which is not much of a surprise.

One thing that is a shock, however, is to learn that Adebayor could derail Manuel Pellegrini's side as they look to keep pace with their title rivals, despite the fact that City are still paying him very handsomely.

The striker is still receiving a staggering amount of money from his former club, even given the fact that he joined Spurs on a permanent deal back in 2012 after a year on loan in north London.

Tottenham host City at White Hart Lane this evening with Tim Sherwood's side looking to put a major dent in Pellegrini's side's prospects and Adebayor is his main attacking asset.

It has been reported that City are still paying the striker £95,000 a week of the £170,000 he stood to earn if he simply stood around training with the reserves with Spurs making up the difference.

Even if that figure is closer to £40,000, this hideous arrangement for City will run until the end of the current season when the term of his original deal at the Etihad would have expired.

It really is some deal for Tottenham, who paid City a purchase price of only £5 million.

The deal all comes down to the fact that Adebayor agreed to receive his pay-off to leave City in regular instalments over a period of two years - the time that was left on his existing contract.

City may well be happy to live with the fact that Adebayor represents a hugely expensive mistake and continues to cost them a fortune every week.

But three years after he last kicked a ball for the club, the money will not be the most troubling aspect of their transfer dealings if Adebayor performs in Wednesday's crunch encounter.

City can go top of the Premier League table with victory over Spurs, but equally Adebayor could help Sherwood's side close the gap on their opponents to just four points.

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