Who should start for Tottenham Hotspur against Swansea: Adebayor or Defoe

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Both of Tottenham Hotspur's strikers have looked out of sorts in recent weeks, and Spurs will need a clinical edge if they are to get anything away at the Liberty. Who should Andre Villas-Boas pick to lead the line?

Despite several flirtations with playing 4-4-2 this season, Andre Villas-Boas has generally opted for a fluid system where three attacking midfielders play off a lone forward, and given the performances Gareth Bale has delivered cutting inside in this formation there is little doubt this is what the Portuguese manager will use against Swansea.

Often one of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe has been injured, suspended or on international duty, meaning there was no choice over who would play, but picking the right man this weekend will be essential to getting their campaign back on track.

Adebayor clearly offers more in terms of holding the ball up and linking with the midfield, and for all the accusations of laziness that have been levelled at the Togolese striker, he was far more lively than Defoe when both were on the pitch during the loss against Inter at the San Siro.

Spurs will be hoping Adebayor's goal in that game might spark some form in the final weeks of the season, as the man they would normally rely on for goals has completely dried up.

Jermain Defoe's all round game has improved this season, but his contribution to the side is not enough if he is not scoring regularly. His brace against San Marino for England were his first goals of 2013, a dip in form that is completely unacceptable for a team chasing a Champions League place.

For the Swansea match, Adebayor should probably be given the start, with Spurs' results and performance usually slightly better when he is on the pitch compared to Defoe, although some of that is down to the fact that Adebayor was the only striker during Bale's astonishing scoring run. But whoever starts upfront, both of Spurs' senior strikers need to improve drastically if the side are going to finish in the top four, this weekend would be an excellent place to start.

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