Emmanuel Adebayor: The man to re-invigorate Tottenham's attack

Should Andre Villas-Boas make a u-turn on Emmanuel Adebayor?

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and it certainly seems to be true in the case of Emmanuel Adebayor at Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker was poor at the start of last season, but as soon as he went off to the African Nations Cup, fans couldn't have him back quick enough, in the light of Jermain Defoe's injury.

Now the Togolese frontman finds himself frozen out, but insists he has no idea of going anywhere - and with Tottenham's attack flagging by the game in the Premier League, the argument to bring him back is growing.

The club's impressive defensive record is hamstrung by the fact their attack have scored just nine goals in 11 Premier League games this season; it's no wonder supporters are growing restless with the 'dull' football on offer.

Adebayor is a striker who divides opinion wherever he goes, and none more so at Spurs. When he returned from the AFCON last year he was woeful, and freely admitted months later that he was not anywhere near peak condition.

He did end the season in improved form, scoring a superb goal out of absolutely nothing in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, which illustrated the talent he possesses on his day.

Tottenham fans saw the best of Adebayor in the 2011/12 season, when he was on loan at the club, and scored 17 goals leading the line.

It was not just Adebayor's goalscoring which impressed that campaign, but his willingness to drop deep and link up with midfield players joining the attack, namely Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale.

Neither player are currently at the club, but could in theory be replaced by Christian Eriksen and one of either Andros Townsend or Erik Lamela.

Roberto Soldado at present has hit a brick wall in his early days in a Spurs shirt, while Jermain Defoe has shown repeatedly that long-term he is not the man to lead the line in attack.

Adebayor it could be argued deserves one more chance between now and the transfer window to show what he is capable of once more, and see if he is a better fit for this Tottenham side than those who are presently trying without success.

He would take the heat off summer signing Soldado in the process, and get to prove a point at the same time. It would be win-win for player and club, and if he fails then fans can move on from calls for him to be given a chance.

With AVB digging his heels in over the striker, it's very possible he now does not want to change his stance, and be proven wrong in case Adebayor did succeed. Which would be a great shame because right now he may just be the best and freshest option they have.

image: © andybrannan

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch