Date: 9th January 2013 at 3:30pm
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Emmanuel Adebayor has been expectedly called up to the Togo squad for the African Cup of Nations and will leave after this weekend’s game at QPR.

Question is, would you play him? I suppose it is a decent debate based on the fact that it perhaps offers a final and only chance to possibly rest Jermain Defoe for up to Six games. However if you were looking to play your best XI in a game, that like any other at the moment, you need 3 points, should you pick your best team and with that in mind, would or should he get in ahead of Clint Dempsey on current form?

I suppose much will depend on the mindset of the player. Will there be a feeling that he knows he has let the club down slightly, and will therefore look to really fire himself up (hopefully not in the way he did at Arsenal) and leave us with a performance that makes us forgive him for his so far, season of woe.

Add to the fact that there could well be another striker arriving between his departure and return, a good performance and goal or two, might make AVB and Levy think twice about upping a bid in a desperate effort to bring in quality cover, cover that of course could well see Emmanuel dropped down to third in line and ultimately out the door in the summer, though whether that would really bother him is debatable.

Though at times my eyes tell me one thing, There remains a feeling in my heart that Adebayor is a player desperately wanting a performance and confidence that that game and a couple of goals will bring. Strikers and keepers perhaps more than anyone else stand and fall on goals scored/conceded and though as a player he does often frustrate the hell out of me, I also believe he is a very decent player, but perhaps instead of not caring he is actually feeling the pressure of his own poor season and also the good start and performances of Jermain Defoe.

Perhaps whatever happens in his selection or non selection on Saturday, we should all hope that Adebayor has a fantastic and productive tournament, even if it proves a disappointment for Togo. In doing so, we either get a player returning filled with confidence or one that has perhaps put himself in the shop window for a summer sale, which if he and AVB do not share the love for each other, might work out well for all parties and even leave Mr Levy with a profit on his hard worked deal last summer…