Emmanuel Adebayor, the new-found savior for Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur’s new-found hero Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that private and public quandaries with former boss Andre Villas-Boas were the reason behind his exile. The Togolese striker told Sky Sports that a rift between him and his Portuguese boss opened up before the start of the season which resulted in him getting benched.
At the start of the season Villas-Boas announced that Adebayor was not part of his first-team and he was finding it hard to fit him even into the squad. Villas-Boas forced Adebayor to train with the junior players and consequently replaced him with the summer signing Roberto Soldado.
Since the sacking of Villas-Boas and the arrival of new manager Tim Sherwood, Adebayor’s career has rejuvenated with Tottenham Hotspur. In fact the reincarnation of Adebayor has also lifted hopes of Tottenham Hotspur acquiring a top-four finish. Adebayor explained that the departure of Villas-Boas and the arrival of Sherwood has been essential to Spurs’ chance of Champions League action next season.
“He brought his ideas and I told him: ‘Your ideas will not help the team’,” Adebayor said in an interview broadcast on Sky Sports. “I have had a chance to play for a lot of top clubs in my career and I know how it’s supposed to be. I told him one vs. one and he didn’t want to listen, and then I told him in front of the group.
“Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was a good one, maybe it was a bad one. I don’t know, but I spoke my mind.”
Adebayor further said that he has a hunger to prove his critics wrong. The Togo international stated that he hadn’t been demoralized by the negativity that flying around about the end of his career during his exile. The 29-year-old striker has scored five goals during his last eight Premier League games.
“These are the things that give me more motivation and these are the things that keep me going,” Adebayor said about his critics. “When you wake up and you realize that there are a lot of haters out there and you want to prove them wrong, you just keep focused and keep doing what you love best, which is playing football, scoring goals and having fun.”
Thanks to Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur have replaced Everton at the fifth spot on the table. Adebayor, who scored the winning goal in the 1-0 win over Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday, also praised the new boss for showing faith in him.