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Emmanuel Adebayor is handed captain's armband to furious response

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has effectively redefined what it means to wear the captain's armband this evening, by handing the honour to public enemy number one at White Hart Lane in Emmanuel Adebayor.

Being named skipper is a distinction that has become effectively meaningless in the modern game as it is, but with Adebayor now deemed leadership material its surely time to just do away with the whole notion altogether.

Pochettino's latest attempt to get his prodigal son back on board ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg is a rather dubious decision, which Spurs fans on Twitter have struggled to accept.

Did Poch lose a bet?

Adebayor's first start of 2015 is not a surprise in isolation, picked to partner the new darling of White Hart Lane in Harry Kane after a prolonged absence of leave that means he hasn't started a game since November.

Pochettino clearly isn't ready to give up on a target man who has unique qualities not immediately available elsewhere in his squad though, which means we could well see a captain's salute to go alongside Adebayor's favourite celebration later tonight.

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Twitter goes into attack mode

As you might expect the news was met with its fair share of four-word tirades on social media, but perhaps tellingly Pochettino has also come under fire for a decision which could well backfire.

 

If the 30-year-old can score only his third goal of the season then Pochettino will be adamant his move has been vindicated, although he scored consistently for Tim Sherwood and that wasn't enough to persuade Spurs fans to change their mind about a volatile talent with a penchant for pressing the self-destruct button.

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