If Emmanuel Adebayor joins up with Togo for the Africa Cup of Nations then it could really dent Tottenham’s push for the top four.
Adebayor is, and always has been, a confidence player and he looks the most confident he has been in a Spurs shirt since Andre Villas-Boas walked through the main doors at White Hart Lane and signed on the dotted line to become manager.
If the big central striker goes to the Africa Cup of Nations, he will miss five matches for his club side. A small number on the surface but the context of him leaving could be changed for the rest of the season.
There’s no doubting that Jermain Defoe has been the main man in the Spurs attack this season with ten goals from 21 games but he is not going to play every single game.
Although Adebayor is no way near the level of these stats this season he is very important to Tottenham for the old and stale reason of burnout.
A lot of this is hearsay but if Spurs pick up bad injuries to attacking players, while Adebayor is at the Africa Cup of Nations, then it could leave the club with a gaping great hole in their side which they never recover from.
Admirably, AVB has already said he is not going to put any pressure on the player to stay at the club during the tournament but Spurs may pay a hefty price if Adebayor misses those five matches.
He plays a pivotal role, especially away from home, in terms of giving Spurs a physical presence in hostile atmospheres. His size and strength allows him to get stuck in during games in ways that other Spurs players simply can’t.
Therefore, it’s a little more than simple squad rotation as to why he needs to stay. He is experienced over the second half of a Premier League season, he is a high profile player and he allows the manager to change his tactics and system.
There is a real dog fight going on for fourth place in the league this year and just one slip in terms of consistency may cost a side a shot at the Champions League by the end of the current campaign.
Not a single Spurs fan would blame Adebayor for going to the Africa Cup of Nations on January 19 but he is a lot more valuable to the side than many give him credit for.
Should Adebayor go and play for Togo or should he stay put at Spurs?