‘If you talk you better play well’ - and Emmanuel Adebayor certainly didn't!

Gary Neville challenged the Togo striker to prove him wrong on Sunday ... but he certainly did not.

‘If you talk you better play well’.

Those were the words of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon in regards to the upcoming performance of Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker was given yet another opportunity to star with Jermain Defoe sitting on the bench still nursing the effects of injury.

In the build-up to the game as ever Adebayor was more than willing to share his opinion on the various questions raised ahead of the game against his former team at Saturday tea-time.

Here is a snippet of what Adebayor felt of the team:

"Put Man City under pressure and then for sure, we have a chance to win because I was there and whenever things are not going their way, there will definitely be a fight or an argument on the pitch. That is how we can take them down."

In the end Tottenham did run out triumphant; but only after Andre Villas Boas hauled off an ineffective Adebayor with his tail between his legs.

Gary Neville continued to be poisonous.

And rightly so. Adebayor was asked to lead the line but he failed to make anything resembling an impact against Matija Nastasic or Vincent Kompany in the City back-line.

Defoe came on and the entire landscape changed for Spurs. He dragged his defenders around the pitch, ran the channels and held the ball close to his body rather than the eight foot away Adebayor seemed to attempt to retain possession.

Not only did he bring more individually but the fact Defoe begun to work his defensive opponents initiated the wide-men and Moussa Dembele’s involvement in the game. Fellow substitute Lewis Holtby also seamlessly linked up with the England international.

The result? Spurs looked a different team and goals from Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale sandwiched an exceptional and trademark finish from the right boot of the clinical Jermain Defoe.

For Adebayor it surely spells curtains for his Tottenham Hotspur career; as the second choice striker at least. The thought that Spurs will not empty the coffers in anticipation of a big money move for a 30-goal a season striker such as Leandro Damiao or Robert Lewandowski smacks with preposterity. You can be sure Daniel Levy will be getting the cheque book ready.

For Adebayor he once again has done more talking than walking; and it seems the only walking left to do is out the White Hart Lane exit door.

What did you make of Emmanuel Adebayor’s abysmal performance against City?

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