The Daily Star says some of Roberto Mancini‚Äôs squad reckon the move has come back to haunt the Italian, who is facing a striker crisis as City‚Äôs title challenge goes into meltdown.
Sergio Aguero has been sidelined with blistered feet, Edin Dzeko has failed to score in seven games, Carlos Tevez has been missing for most of the season and looks off the pace and Mario Balotelli has become a liability.
Adebayor was popular in the City dressing room and Mancini‚Äôs treatment of the former Arsenal star last summer angered most of the squad.
A club source said: ‚ÄúAde is a very popular lad and his team-mates were ¬≠genuinely sad to see him loaned to Spurs at the start of the season.
‚ÄúWhat really annoyed the players was the fact the manager made him train with the kids and completely blanked him once he decided he was not in his plans.
‚ÄúHe was basically made to feel like a second-class citizen.
‚ÄúThe players would have Ade back in a heartbeat. We are crying out for a ¬≠regular goalscorer and a lot of the problems are in the striking department.
‚ÄúThe players say they miss him and have been impressed by his all-round contribution at Spurs.‚ÄĚ