Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas could recall the outcast Emmanuel Adebayor against Manchester City this weekend as he looks to solve the goal-scoring crisis that's hampering his side's season, reports the Daily Express. 

Spurs new frontman Roberto Soldado has looked inept at times this season, netting only once from open play in 11 games. 

That's prompted Villas-Boas to explore the option of recalling the Togan international, but ruled out changing his 4-2-3-1 formation that has yielded seven clean sheets this campaign. 

The Portuguese coach told reporters: "It is still 4-2-3-1. We tried to a little bit with Soldado and Adebayor up front. It is something we did a bit last season so it's not something we have to spend a lot of time on. 

"We have trained 4-4-2 and played a local game on Friday, so we can revert to it in the future. But I am not sure now is the right time as we've been very consistent defensively."

Adebayor, who played for City before moving to White Hart Lane after an initial loan spell, has not played at all this season for the Lilywhites. 

However, his manager does not believe that would matter if he were to feature at the Etihad. 

"We have two performing strikers - Ade has not had a chance to get into the team yet but I am sure he will perform when he does.

"Our likely approach is to go with one up front and they are very close to each other. It is even a possibility Ade could play the game. It will be the decision that is best for the team and best for the strategy."

The former Chelsea manager also insisted he would not be signing a left back in January, despite his best central defender Jan Vertonghen being deployed their as cover for Danny Rose. The Belgian has been less than impressed by being moved positions.

"Unfortunately, due to the situation at the moment he has to sacrifice himself at left back. He knows as soon Rose is back, the place as a centre-back is his again.

"The good of the team is more important at the moment."

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