Tottenham Hotspur’s desperate search for a striker this summer is largely fueled by the failings of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor last season, with Spurs’ two senior strikers both spending much of the season woefully out form.
Indeed Spurs fans would be justified if they were keen to see the back of both players if new strikers were brought in this summer, with the languid and seemingly indifferent Adebayor a particular target for criticism throughout the season.
However both players might still have their uses at the club, and Adebayor showed towards the end of last season that he can be a formidable player on his day.
The season before last he was a key man for Spurs, and when paired with the clever Rafael Van Der Vaart in attack Adebayor looked like exactly the kind of striker Spurs need to buy this summer, able to finish and hold up the ball to bring others into the attack.
The rumours surrounding David Villa’s potential arrival have got plenty of fans excited about the Spaniard’s possible role at the head of their attack, but could the Barcelona striker be played alongside Adebayor?
In the three-pronged attack Spurs could use next summer, Adebayor could be flanked by Villa and Bale, with all three comfortable moving in and out of the centre of Tottenham’s attack.
Adebayor was often criticised for moving wide last season, as it left Spurs without a focal point in the middle of the pitch, but with Villa able to cut in as a conventional striker, this would not be a problem, and they could link up very effectively.
Even if Andre Villas-Boas has his eye on another forward to bring in alongside Villa, should they sign the Spaniard, Adebayor might yet have a role to play at the club, and Spurs might find that having a little extra attacking quality alongside the Togo international sees him return to the form he showed two years ago.
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