Amidst a summer of newly harvested optimism at White Hart Lane defeat there was an air of disappointment about Spurs flat performance in their opening game of the Premier League campaign. Andre Villas-Boas’ arrival at the club has certainly lifted spirits in the wake of missing out on the Champions League last season and Harry Redknapp’s subsequent departure as a result. However defeat on Tyneside gave an indication as to the job Villas-Boas has on his hands to guide Spurs back into the top-four. The addition of Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis will provide the Portuguese tactician with a major boost as he continues to explore different avenues to strengthen his attack. The Togo international struck 17 goals during an impressive season-long loan spell at the North London club and will be expected to fill the lone striker role that Jermaine Defoe struggled to fulfil last week despite getting his name on the scoresheet at St James’ Park. With the pieces slowly falling into place for Villas-Boas getting that first win on the board is now the number one priority.
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“Last year was quite intense. And this season every game will be difficult as you saw at Newcastle on Saturday. They have a good team. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle will all be fighting for the top four spots. It’s not going to be easy but as a footballer you just have to keep doing your thing and see what happens at the end of the season.” Emmanuel Adebayor eyes the top four after signing for Tottenham on a permanent basis