Mourinho’s latest Galactico

by Ben McAleer

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
 

Real Madrid’s signing of Emmanuel Adebayor has been as shocking as it is brilliant by Mourinho and co. at The Bernabeu. Since his arrival at the Spanish capital in the summer of 2010, the Portuguese tactician has gone about strengthening areas that needed development bringing in the likes of Angel Di Maria, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil to name but three players that have arrived in the Spanish capital over the past six months. Yet one position was always that Mourinho always wanted filled and that was a man to lead the front-line.

Mourinho wasn’t all too fond of Gonzalo Higuain when he arrived but the France born Argentinean, slowly, began to win over the two-time Champions League winner until it became clear that Higuain required surgery on a herniated disc, an operation that would see the Real Madrid star miss, near enough, the remainder of the season.

Never a fan of Karim Benzema, Mourinho was forced to pick the Frenchman in more than unnecessary Champions League matches and, to be fair to Benzema; he has shone brightly following his extended run in the starting XI scoring important goals that have seen Madrid remain hot on the heels of defending champions Barcelona. Yet, Mourinho still wasn’t convinced by Benzema and he made sure his employers knew of this.

With Fernando Llorente, reportedly, joining from Athletic Bilbao in the summer, Mourinho looked towards the shores of England and, more specifically, to Manchester in order to satisfy his need for a striker in the short-term. Real Madrid’s attempts to lure Carlos Tevez away from Eastland’s failed despite a reported offer between £34m and £41m so Mourinho look to his team-mate, the un-used Emmanuel Adebayor. The former Togolese international must have jumped at the chance of joining Mourinho’s Galacticos – going from a benchwarmer in Manchester to a starter in Madrid is one giant culture change.

Described as a ‘physical marvel’ by the Real Madrid doctors, Adebayor’s loan move to Madrid was completed without a hitch despite original reports claiming the Los Blancos scoffed at the wage demands of the ex-Arsenal hitman. Adebayor will be keen to re-ignite his career, which has stalled somewhat in recent months with the signings of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, with the Madrid outfit and, under Mourinho; it is highly unlikely he won’t get the opportunity to do so.

Not signed in time to participate in Real Madrid’s first leg encounter with Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey, Adebayor will be hoping to feature on Sunday night against Osasuna all at the expense of new Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema. The writing must be on the wall now for the talismanic Frenchman who must feel he has done all he can to impress Mourinho but to no avail. Granted, the signing of Adebayor will ease the burden placed on Benzema’s shoulders following Higuain’s, potential, season ending injury but should Mourinho make the confidence shattering move and drop Benzema in place of Adebayor for Sunday’s game it will surely burn the bridges between both Benzema and Real Madrid.

As for Adebayor, the move to La Liga will be a good one for him and I believe his physical threat and all-round ability will see him succeed at Real Madrid. It remains unclear as to whether Madrid will make his loan move permanent in the summer but with the option available, Adebayor will be hoping to get game minutes under his belt in order to impress his new employers at The Bernabeu.

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