Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed Emmanuel Adebayor might still have a future at the club but must wait for his opportunity.
Adebayor has not made a single appearance for Spurs this season and currently finds himself behind summer signing Roberto Soldado and England international Jermain Defoe in the pecking order.
"Obviously every player counts for us," Villas-Boas said.
"We have Defoe on eight goals, Soldado on six.
"Sometimes we start with a 4-4-2, then that can change to a 4-2-3-1 with one striker up front, so there is competition for places and you have to try and break your way into the team.
"No matter how hard you try the others are trying just as hard as you. So you have to be patient and wait for your opportunity whenever it arises. I think that is the nature of any top club in the country.
"You look at (Manchester) City who have four strikers. Two of them play, two of them sit [on the bench]. It's no different for us, you have to wait for the opportunity."
Adebayor has previously complained about being made to train with the reserves as Villas-Boas continues to freeze him out.
"I have tried to keep my belief but I cannot get any lower. If I am lower than this, it means I am dead," Adebayor told the Sun.
"What I found difficult was not training with the youth team, but when it is left to the physio to come and tell me, as one of the senior players in the squad, to go and train with the youth, I find it very difficult."
Soldado has struggled to find the net and has only four goals in the Premier League so far, three coming from the penalty spot, while Defoe has scored eight goals in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.
Tottenham's lack of a ruthless edge has been bemoaned by critics and fans alike, who have pointed out the fact that Villas-Boas' charges have only scored 10 goals in 10 Premier League games this year. Whilst their defence remains tight, they will need to improve their scoring ratio if they are to keep up pace with the top teams in the league.
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