Adebayor a "disgrace", insists Premier League legend

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Tottenham Hotspur's new strike saviour Emmanuel Adebayor has been labelled a "disgrace" by former Premier League rival Jamie Carragher, who believes that the controversial forward still has a lot to answer for despite his impressive return to action last week.

Adebayor played just 45 minutes of football this season under former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who tried to sell the striker before leaving him to largely rot in the reserves as he stuck with Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe in attack.

Last Monday's change in regime at White Hart Lane saw Adebayor thrown a lifeline though, with Villas-Boas dismissed and replaced by Tim Sherwood.

Since Sherwood took caretaker charge the Togolese hitman has returned to the starting XI and scored three times in two matches, including a match-winning brace in last Sunday's 3-2 win over Southampton.

Those strong showings have not been enough to convince Carragher that Adebayor deserved better from Villas-Boas, with the ex-Reds defender insisting that there is a reason why he was dumped by both Arsenal and Manchester City as previous Premier League promise turned sour.

On Sky Sports last night Carragher said: "You can criticise AVB for putting him in the reserves, but Arsene Wenger got rid of him, Roberto Mancini got rid of him, AVB tried to get rid of him. I'm sure if Tim Sherwood, at the end of the season will try and get rid of him.

"So let's not get too carried away with Adebayor. For me a player like that is a disgrace, really. If he can play like that with that ability, why isn't he doing it every week? He should be. Why isn't he like Didier Drogba?'

"So he comes in for a few games, does well and everyone's saying how great he is. AVB should have played him a lot more, should have done this. Why can't he do this every week?"

The 29-year-old is likely to continue in attack for Sherwood's first game since being put in permanent charge of Spurs, with West Bromwich Albion the visitors to White Hart Lane on Boxing Day.

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