Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid star striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been excluded from 25-men squads of Tottenham Hotspur for both Premier League and UEFA Europa League.
The 31-year-old, who has been the subject of much transfer speculation over the summer, has struggled for first-team opportunities in recent times under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
West Ham had shown interest in signing the Togolese striker, but he was deemed too expensive, with his wages reported to be £100,000 a week.
The exclusion came as a shock because Harry Kane is the only recognized striker in the squad with new signing Charles Njie being included. Spurs were desperate to bring Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion, but the midlands club did not let the 22-year-old English youth international leave Hawthorns.
Adebayor has been a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane since the departure of manager Harry Redknapp in 2012. Redknapp brought Adebayor to Tottenham during his last season at the club but his successor Andre Villas-Boas quickly dropped the erratic striker.
He was again a regular while Tim Sherwood was a caretaker manager, but Pochettino’s appointment and Harry Kane’s fine form last season meant his chances were limited.
Reported interest from both West Ham and Aston Villa came to nothing before the conclusion of the transfer window, leaving Adebayor to wait until January for his next opportunity to secure a move.
Adebayor is one time African Footballer of the Year, one-time BBC African Footballer of the Year, one time part of PFA Team of the Year and four times Togo Footballer of the Year.
He is currently Togo’s all-time top goalscorer with 28 goals.
The relation between the striker and the manager was not good and it will decline even more after the exclusion and it is stupid of Pochettino to exclude Adebayor considering Harry Kane’s poor start of the season.