Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has told Emmenuel Adebayor that he will have to wait for first-team football.
The man signed on a permanent deal from Manchester City in the summer has been growing frustrated by his lack of playing time this term, leading to speculation that he may look for a move away from White Hart Lane.
However, AVB has insisted that the centre-forward will have to be patient and wait his turn:
“Obviously, every player wants to play, at the moment we are using the structure of one striker and Defoe has been doing extremely well,” Villas-Boas is quoted as saying by The Metro.
“I think Ade has done extremely well in the games where he has come in for the squad, certainly he is in contention for games where we play with two strikers.
“At the moment we haven’t found the comfort in that formation yet, but in the future when we use it, when we rotate the strikers, he will be back in contention.”
The 28-year-old was a key first-team player under former boss Harry Redknapp last season, which tempted the club to secure a £5m permanent deal.
However, AVB’s system appears to favour the skills of Defoe whose mobility make the team a greater threat on the counter-attack.