Mark Hughes signing of Emmanuel Adebayor has been criticized as one striker too many. But at Arsenal, Adebayor proved he was tactically flexible and could play as a lone striker or even in a hybrid 4-3-3 which Hughes has used for City at times.
We’ve seen Robinho struggle with Hughes tactics while Carlos Tevez may or may not adapt well. That leaves Craig Bellamy with his injuries and volatile personality and Roque Santa Cruz, who works well within Hughes system as strikers that can fit this system. And in fact only Adebayor has previously proven his ability to adjust to different systems seamlessly.
At Bayern, Santa Cruz showed an inability to keep his place in the first team and a steep learning curve whenever a new manager was brought in. He also struggled with injuries. At Blackburn, Santa Cruz showed great quality as he does for Paraguay at the international level, but did not face stiff competition from comparable strikers.
So in fact, Adebayor’s signing could prove to be the most critical of the Blues attack minded purchases this window.
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