Tottenham turn to Emmanuel Adebayor after Defoe injury lay-off
Tottenham opinion: Emmanuel Adebayor must take his chance or risk being sold in the summer
Emmanuel Adebayor is a curious beast. Outstanding during his loan spell at Tottenham last season, with 18 goals in 37 appearances, it is fair to call the current campaign a disappointment.
Two premier league goals in 18 games, four goals in all competitions, the Togolese striker has encountered the wrath of the White Hart Lane faithful for his poor performances. However, he is set for an extended run in the team, and if he can start finding the net Adebayor could still have a massive impact on Spurs’ season.
Jermain Defoe has picked up a groin injury that could rule him out for three games, perhaps longer.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said: "Jermain is a new injury blow.
"He is likely to miss the next two games against Basel and Everton, but has a small chance [of returning] for the second leg against Basel."
Defoe has hardly been in fine form either, the striker’s only goals of 2013 coming in England’s thrashing of minnows San Marino during the recent international break, but unlike his strike partner Defoe at least gave the impression that he was putting in the work.
Adebayor’s season has never really got off the ground. The ex-Arsenal and Manchester City striker has failed to produce his form from last year and some put this down to the fact there is not a contract dangling in front of the striker’s nose.
Others say it is a classic case of second season syndrome that has blighted Adebayor’s career to date, although closer examination shows that Adebayor’s third season at both Monaco and Arsenal was his most productive in terms of goals.
What might be more pertinent is the lack of a proper pre-season as his transfer to Spurs dragged out, a change in manager at the Lane, from Harry Redknapp to Andre Villas-Boas, an early season injury that enabled Jermain Defoe to secure the one striker’s position in the team, the absence of Rafa van der Vaart (or an adequate replacement) to link up with Adebayor, and Gareth Bale’s move from supplying crosses on the left wing to scoring and creating chances in a central position.
While this does not excuse some of Adebayor’s lethargic displays this season, it does explain why the tall target man’s season has yet to get going. Against Swansea his performance was improved and his run past Ashley Williams, to set up a one-on-one chance, was reminiscent of Adebayor at the top of his game.
Unfortunately the finish was lamentable, and adds to a catalogue of gloriously missed chances, such as open goal misses at Sunderland and West Ham.
Tottenham need to add another striker in the summer regardless of anything else, and the usual names will arise, such as Leandro Damiao, but question marks remain over Emmanuel Adebayor’s future. A goalscoring burst that drives Tottenham to the Champions League will forgive his former indiscretions, but a continuation of his poor form could see Adebayor plying his trade at yet another new side.
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