Tim Sherwood has brought the Togolese striker back into the team, but there is one down side.
It is fair to say that most Tottenham fans have been relieved by Tim Sherwood’s decision to bring Emmanuel Adebayor out of the cold and back into the first team.
The African striker has netted three goals in four games since his return, and has generally been a positive influence with his performances.
However, one thing that dawned on me during Spurs’ 3-0 win over Stoke in their last outing was Adebayor’s selfishness.
It was clear to see that after Mousa Dembele’s critical second goal the Togo international was desperate to get his name on the scoresheet.
As such, he berated and badgered his team-mates when they did not pass to him, whether it would have been the right option or not.
Two players that were most commonly on the receiving end of the abuse were Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela, who made different choices than to pass the ball to the African.
As a result, Adebayor criticised their choices and gestured that they should have laid the ball off to him.
Having a striker that wants to score goals is obviously a good thing, but his criticism of these two players in particular is unnecessary. Both Soldado and Lamela are lacking confidence at the moment, and Spurs need the side to rally around the duo rather than give them a hard time.
It is my contention that Adebayor’s return is a positive move for Spurs, but his individualism goes against the team ethos of the collective.
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