Adebayor has been hit and miss at White Hart Lane (©GettyImages)
Adebayor has been hit and miss at White Hart Lane (©GettyImages).

Emmanuel Adebayor aiming to fire Spurs into Champions League

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Emmanuel Adebayor is determined to succeed under new manager Mauricio Pochettino and show that his performances do not depend on who is sat in the dugout, according to the Daily Star.

"My summer was great. The most important thing is to come back and train, to work hard. Nothing is personal - I play for Tottenham and we are a team. So for me, our targets or objective is to finish in the top four and I want to help the team finish in the top four," Adebayor said.

Mixed experiences

The Togolese striker has endured an up and down career at White Hart Lane, having initially excelled in his first season, while on loan from Manchester City. With Harry Redknapp as manager, Adebayor scored 18 in 38 appearances, but struggled to replicate that form after making his signing permanent.

His lackadaisical performances caused much consternation on the terraces, and with eight goals in 34 appearances and none at home before January it was little surprise that new manager Andre Villas-Boas decided to select new signing Roberto Soldado as his sole starting striker.

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The revival

However, the ex-Porto and Chelsea manager's unwillingness to select Adebayor at all contributed to his downfall, and the Spurs number ten's recall to the starting lineup under Tim Sherwood saw another mini-revival with 14 goals in 25 appearances.

Despite these stats, or perhaps because of them, and also due to his reported £100,000-a-week wages, Adebayor has been consistently linked with a move away from England, most often to Monaco or a Turkish outfit that could accommodate his wages.

On his day the forward has pace, power, aerial prowess and great technical and finishing skills. On the other hand, when not on his day he is anonymous and brings down the performances on those around him.

Having turned 30 in February, time is running out, and Adebayor will need to be at 100% from the start to impress Pochettino and start for Tottenham.

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