Emmanuel Adebayor could be in line for an unexpected start against Manchester City, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has hinted.

The Togolese striker has found himself somewhat in the White Hart Lane wilderness this season after a summer move to Besiktas fell through, but he looks as if he could be set to make a sensational comeback against his former club this weekend.

What is more, Adebayor could very well be the answer to Villas-Boas' striking crisis. The former Arsenal and Real Madrid hitman’s towering stature could see him fit him neatly into the 4-5-1 formation Spurs have been experimenting with.

Roberto Soldado has struggled to find his feet – at least in open play – since his high-profile arrival from Valencia, and with Jermain Defoe confined to the bench, the diminutive England striker has hinted at a January move away from north London.

After initial high hopes for a Champions League push, the Lilywhites are currently stagnating in seventh place. Despite their huge summer spending spree, Tottenham have found themselves remarkably short upfront this season, netting just nine times in eleven games.

In comparison, table-toppers Arsenal have scored 22. Having struggled to gel their numerous new signings together, a new addition in January may not be a wise option for Spurs, who may instead look within to Adebayor to solve their striker shortage.

Though Adebayor has often faced wide criticism from the club’s own fans, he is yet to be given a chance to prove himself as part of Spurs’ new brand of football. That brand may not be their most exciting, but Adebayor is able to keep the ball up well and could link up well with Andros Townsend.

Villas-Boas is said to be bewildered at his side’s continuous misfiring, and could be ready to turn back the clock in a bid to rediscover Adebayor’s best form that saw him once hailed as one of the Premier League's top strikers.

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