"Time heals all wounds" - in its entire history, I doubt that phrase has ever encapsulated something as much as it does Emmanuel Adebayor and Luis Suarez. Ok I am exaggerating, but if you had told me as well as legions of football fans across the world at the beginning of the season Adebayor would outlast Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) at Tottenham and especially that Suarez was a whisker away from achieving legendary status at Liverpool, I and many others would have recommended you a psychiatrist. However, that is the reality that faces us football fans and it is testament to the fickle sport we love and adore - perhaps a reason football is the most popular sport in the world.
Cast your minds back to the 2011/12 season, Adebayor had performed admirably for Tottenham - his final tally of 17 goals and 11 assists were his best numbers since the 2007/08 season where Adebayor's goals nearly won Arsenal the Premier League. Such form prompted Tottenham to shell out £5 million to a Manchester City team who in baffling circumstances were willing to give an arm and a leg to get rid of the talented striker - his loan at Tottenham came after a loan spell at Real Madrid.
Already, at that stage in his career Adebayor had gained notoriety for enticing fans with blistering starts to a new team, only to frustrate them later on with insipid performances once he grew comfortable. Unfortunately for Tottenham and then new manager AVB, Adebayor was up to his old tricks again last season. He only scored 5 goals and if any Tottenham fan holds Adebayor solely responsible for Tottenham failing to qualify for the Champions League I would not blame them - certainly, he was the only first team regular to give half-arsed performances.
I am sure AVB felt the same way, hence he dropped Adebayor for all but one game - the 6-0 thrashing against Man City. Indeed this is suggested by in The Telegraph by writer Jason Burt:
"The conversation turned to whether Spurs could employ two strikers, for example, and Villas-Boas interpreted this as a suggestion that he should play Emmanuel Adebayor who he wanted out of the club, who had been a source of friction and who has been a crushing disappointment, despite being the highest earner. The conversation was not constructive."
However, despite Adebayor's proven track record of disruption, Levy forgot all about that, got desperate during their poor run of form and gave AVB an ultimatum to include the troublesome striker or get fired.
Last night as insisted upon by the chairman, the striker returned to the first 11 and grabbed a goal. Therefore, despite being the ire of most Tottenham fans and being a major factor in AVB getting sacked, it looks as though Adebayor is set to prolong stay at White Hart Lane - inconceivable back in August and goes to show how fickle football can be.
Nonetheless, as murky as Adebayor's situation was, compared to Luis Suarez's at Liverpool it pales in significance. Scandal, after scandal, after scandal had left Suarez's position at Liverpool almost untenable. The first two scandals had severely ruptured the reputation of the squad and according to Sir Alex Ferguson: had got Liverpool's biggest legend - Kenny Dalglish sacked.
However, the worst - from a Liverpool perspective - had yet to come. Last season Suarez turned himself into a proverbial parody with his indescribable attack on Branislav Ivanovic:
However, Liverpool threw everyone a curve-ball by stating their intentions to keep the troublesome striker, simply as he was their best player - if anyone was going to get them out of the rut they were under, it was Suarez. True to their word, Suarez stayed despite wanting to leave because he was being unfairly hounded out by the media, and then later on because Liverpool were not good enough for him (which one was it?).
The whole Suarez-gate affair was an embarrassing one. Here lay a once great team allowing a player to become bigger than the club itself. Even mighty club captain, captain fantastic Steven Gerrard flung himself in a bid to keep Suarez. Even the fans gave Suarez a desperate heroes welcome when he made his comeback during Gerrard's testimonial in August.
To spectators it was all too bizarre; no matter how good Suarez was, he only inspired Liverpool to seventh last season and eighth the season before.
As it turned out, Liverpool have had the last laugh and everyone who doubted their judgement (me included) is being made to eat dirt. Suarez's goals have catapulted Liverpool from mid-table mediocrity to a title challenging team. Such is Suarez's form he is scoring at a rate unheard of in Premier League history and has rightly earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - he is that good he would not look out of place with them.
As it stands now, Suarez is on his way to achieving legendary status at Liverpool. To ensure this happens they are in the middle of thrashing out a new contract that would make him the highest paid footballer in the Liverpool history.
Hands up: who would have predicted that at the beginning of the season? Certainly not this guy: