Why Adebayor must fire Man City into the Champions League or be branded an expensive flop
With six games to go and in pole position to claim fourth spot, the time has come for one Manchester City player in particular to deliver after a turbulent campaign.
If Carlos Tevez has been City's player of the season with 26 goals, then his strike partner Emmanuel Adebayor has been a flop by comparison, with just 11.
Both came to City for £25million with huge expectation on them to help City emerge from years of under-achievement and realise their stated aim of becoming a major Premier League force.
Tevez has fulfilled his remit, while Adebayor has fallen short. Yet there is still time this season for the unpredictable former Arsenal striker to redeem himself and prove his worth.
Adebayor has missed 16 games for City this season through a combination of injury, suspension and unforeseen circumstances.
He has been suspended for seven games and missed a further seven on compassionate leave following the gun attack on the Togo national team bus during the African Nations Cup.
Adebayor has also missed two matches through injury but he now has the chance to make up for lost time as Roberto Mancini's men chase that coveted last Champions League spot.
Two goals in last weekend's 6-1 rout of Burnley was a start from Adebayor, who can shed his flaky tag by maintaining that form between now and the end of the season to lead City into the Champions League.
If he fails to do so, Arsene Wenger's decision to offload Adebayor, despite the forward's undeniable talent, will have been fully vindicated.