By Paul Robinson

31st Jan, 2020 | 8:00am

'Huge gamble' - Exclusive: Robinson reacts to Aston Villa transfer report

Paul Robinson says that it would be a “huge gamble” for Aston Villa to sign Emmanuel Adebayor to bolster their attacking options.

The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the former Togo international was once a powerhouse of a forward but that he is not at the same standard anymore.

It was reported earlier this week that the Villans, as well as a number of their Premier League rivals, are looking at handing the former Arsenal man a short-term deal after he became a free agent last month.

Robinson says that Adebayor, who was playing in Turkey for the first half of the season, is not someone who Dean Smith could rely on up front and suggests the Villa Park faithful would be loathed to see him join.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I don’t think any Villa fan, I don’t think that would appeal to anybody to be honest. I played against Adebayor when he was at Arsenal and he was a top striker.

“He was strong, big, powerful, scored goals frequently – but I don’t think he’s anywhere near the player that we once knew in the Premier League. I think it’s (Superlig) a very different league to the Premier League.

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“At his age, to be expected to come in and score the goals that Villa need would be a big ask. You couldn’t rely on his fitness as a 35-year-old and his injury record. I think that would be a huge gamble.”

Adebayor netted 97 goals in 242 Premier League appearances during his time at Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

He featured eight times for Kayserispor early this season, scoring twice, before becoming a free agent last month.

In other Aston Villa news, Danny Mills has compared a rarely-seen Villan to an “exceptional” Liverpool star.