Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has mounted a passionate defence of striker Emmanuel Adebayor’s role in the face of stinging criticism.
Adebayor’s work-rate and attitude have often by questioned by supporters and pundits, but it is not a view shared by Villas-Boas, who is convinced the Togo international has a done a good job for the team this season.
The former Manchester City and Arsenal frontman certainly had one of his better games in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea in midweek as he scored Spurs’ first goal and set up another for Gylfi Sigurdsson in the second half to win the man-of-the-match award.
However, Adebayor’s overall return over the entire campaign of just four goals from 24 outings on the face it doesn’t represent value for money, while his form has been nowhere near the level he produced during his season-long loan stay at White Hart Lane the year before.
However, Villas-Boas believes the abuse he has taken from some quarters is unfair, dismissing speculation about the player’s long-term future at the club.
Villas-Boas said: “The team changed dramatically in terms of personnel and style of play, so it has been a totally different scenario for him.
“I think he has had an amazing season. This season he adapted to a new function, a new role.
“Some players that played last year had a great season, were very experienced and they have left [Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart]. The team has changed in some way. The team has had to adapt to a new reality. Adebayor’s mobility has been excellent for us, the way he fed our team, as you saw the other day with [Gylfi] Sigurdsson when he assisted him for the goal, so the team is completely different to last year.
“We were pleased with the number of games that Adebayor played in the end representing what he has done for the team, maybe not the amount of goals that he expected, but he has certainly helped the team be within the frame to achieve our objectives.”
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