Sitting on the Tottenham Hotspur bench is bound to be frustrating, and it seems that Jermain Defoe's discontent has finally bubbled over with the England striker publicly criticising his manager Andre Villas-Boas over his treatment of Emmanuel Adebayor.
Following a period of compassionate leave, Adebayor has returned to Tottenham and was greeted with the news that he would be training with the development squad until further notice.
Andre Villas-Boas does not appear to be a massive fan of the Togolese international; a disaffection which has seen the Portuguese spend £26 million on Spanish striker Roberto Soldado.
It was thought that Adebayor would have left in the summer, but no move materialised; perhaps in part to the exorbitant wages that the striker is believed to be on.
Villas-Boas's decision to drop Adebayor to the development squad is a clear indication that the frontman does not feature in his first-team plans, but the Portuguese manager's actions have provoked criticism from another Spurs striker: the diminutive Jermain Defoe. Speaking of his manager's decision to Sky Sports, Defoe said,
"I don't think it helps the team, to be honest...Someone like Mani, he's a great player and has played for some of the top clubs in the world and is someone that we're going to need. We will need his goals and what he brings to the team."
The idea that Tottenham will "need" Adebayor's goals could be seen by some to be somewhat wide of the mark - the striker only managed five goals in 25 appearances last season, and was widely criticised by fans and pundits alike as not having a good enough work rate.
However, Defoe's outburst could well have been prompted by the fact that the England striker himself feels marginalised at White Hart Lane.
With Roberto Soldado in pole position for the centre forward position, Defoe has had to remain content so far with cameos off the bench and Europa League outings so far this season, and his frustration with his manager appears to be boiling over.
Frustration notwithstanding, this seems an unwise move by Defoe, as Andre Villas-Boas seems universally liked by the majority of the Tottenham squad, and public criticism of his manager is likely to harm rather than increase his chances of playing time this season.
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