Emmanuel Adebayor will train with the reserve team on his return to White Hart Lane.
The centre forward was granted leave by Spurs following the death of his brother and it may have come as a surprise to many that he won’t be linking straight back up with the first time on his return.
However, there is method behind the move from Andre Villas-Boas, which doesn’t automatically mean that Adebayor has no future at the club and is facing a situation where his time is running out.
“It’s something that we are doing at the moment. There hasn’t been any problem. There is a Monday return and the player will continue to train with the development team. At the moment it is something that we are not worried about,” said the boss.
He hasn’t had a complete full season and start to the campaign which means his fitness is likely to be behind other members of the first team squad.
It would be pointless for AVB to start using him in match situations where he gets fatigued around the 70 minute mark and has to be dragged off when another, more important tactical substitution may be needed.
Training and games with the reserve side will allow him to work that fitness back up to where it should be which gives him the best possible chance of having an impact when he does feature for the first team.
A sketchy pre-season and start to the season also means he hasn’t had a long time to work on technical issues and weaknesses which were evident last season.
He can apply any changes he, or the coaches at Tottenham, think are necessary in the reserve side, away from the first team where he’s likely to be subjected to far more scrutiny and criticism for not being at the same level as Spurs’ other attacking players.
AVB has made it clear that the striker will have limited chances at Spurs to impress this season following the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia over the summer.
Therefore, Adebayor needs to make sure he’s in perfect shape and the right frame of mind to make the most of those chances when they do come along.
Time with the reserve team will also allow him to further grieve and cope with the death of his brother, which is not a loss that is easy to come to terms with quickly.
From time to time this season, it’s going to be an issue and Spurs can’t run the risk that Adebayor won’t be fully focused in up and coming important autumn matches which will prove to be important by the end of May.
Whatever his motives were for turning down the opportunity to leave the club over the summer, he has to make the most of his current situation as a striker for Tottenham Hotspur.
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