After the marquee signing of Roberto Soldado for £26million as part of Spurs' transfer haul and Jermain Defoe being a favourite of manager Andre Villas-Boas, it looks as though former Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor will struggle to secure a first-team spot in the North London club's squad.
Adebayor is yet to play a competitive game this season and barely featured in pre-season, leading many to assume that he would be itching for a move away from Tottenham. That did not appear to be the case, however, and deadline day came and passed with Adebayor still at White Hart Lane.
Adebayor has been back in Africa for personal reasons, according to Villas-Boas.
"At the moment, Ade is not with us, because we have granted him authorisation to stay up until Monday in his country for personal reasons, so he's not going to be involved against Norwich (on Saturday)," the Tottenham manager said.
"Up to when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team."
Adebayor is reportedly one of Spurs' highest earners and will return to Tottenham on Monday, where he will train with their reserve squad.
Despite Adebayor being unavailable, Spurs have many new signings available for starts. Spurs' record signing, Erik Lamela, could make his first start after appearing off the bench versus Arsenal.
£11.5million signing Christian Eriksen could make his debut after completing his summer move from Ajax, but Villas-Boas has confirmed that Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches will not feature due to the lack of a work permit.
All of these signings were able to happen thanks to Gareth Bale's eventual world-record transfer to Real Madrid for approximately £85 million. The question is, will Spurs' new signings be able to replace the Welshman?
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