Could starting Adebayor against City be a genius move by AVB?

The Togolese striker has been on the Tottenham outskirts, but could well start against his former club on Sunday.

Tottenham travel to Manchester City on Sunday in what will be the start of a tricky run of fixtures for the north London side.

An up-and-down season so far for the White Hart Lane side, one of the negative factors to date has been the lack of goals that Andre Villas-Boas’ men have scored in the Premier League.

With Roberto Soldado still adjusting to life in England and Jermain Defoe not given a consistent run in the team under the Portuguese trainer, there has been talk recently that Emmanuel Adebayor could well be brought back into the fold for Spurs’ trip to take on City.

The Togolese forward has been on the outskirts of the first-team squad this term, after a move away from White Hart Lane failed to materialise over the summer.

That said, Villas-Boas has confirmed that Adebayor has made up ground and is in his thoughts for team selection for the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

"Our likely approach is to go with one up front (at City)," Villas-Boas said.

"They (Soldado, Adebayor and Jermain Defoe) are very near each other at the moment and it could be a possibility that even Ade could play that game.

"These are all decisions that we have to take. We don't have enough reasons at the moment not to trust Soldado and Defoe because they've been excellent.

"Hopefully it's a decision that's best for the team and best for the strategy.”

There is no doubt that Adebayor is a top striker when he is in the mood and at his best. That was evident in his first campaign at Tottenham in 2011-12, but he failed to show top form last term.

The Togo international is also generally at his best when he has something to prove, or a bee in his bonnet. This was all-too evident when he scored for Manchester City against former club Arsenal and celebrated wholeheartedly in front of the Gunners’ faithful back in September 2009.

The way that the African was ostracised and huckled out of the Etihad Stadium is sure to be a real motivation to the striker, who would love nothing more than to get the winner against another of his former clubs here.

With Spurs struggling for goals, bringing Adebayor back into the first-team fold is a good move, and could well be a masterstroke on Sunday if the striker is up for the game.

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