Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is unsure whether manager Andre Villas-Boas' decision to relegate Emmanuel Adebayor to the development squad is helpful to the team.
Frontman Adebayor was told to train with the reserves last week when he returned from compassionate leave in his native Togo.
With the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia the pecking order up front at White Hart Lane has shifted, with the Spaniard starting all four Premier League games this season.
And with Defoe playing a back-up role it seems there is no longer space for Adebayor in the first team squad.
However, the 30-year-old England international is critical of Adebayor's demotion.
"I don't think it helps the team, to be honest," he told Sky Sports News. "Someone like Mani, he's a great player and has played for some of the top clubs in the world and is someone that we're going to need.
"We will need his goals and what he brings to the team.
"He's keeping himself fit, he's a happy guy, he loves his football, and hopefully he'll be back soon with the team."
Defoe himself is frustrated at his lack of playing time as he looks to saty in contention for a World Cup spot in Brazil next year.
"In a World Cup year you have got to play, it's as simple as that," he said. "To get into any England squad, it's based on merit. So you have got to play, I understand that. I also understand that it's a long season, there are so many games to go and a lot of football to be played. I just have to try and keep myself sharp and fit.
"It has been really frustrating. When you have played in a World Cup and have been involved with the England squad for a number of years, it's just the best thing in the world - representing your country at that level. You want to play."
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