Emmanuel Adebayor has had a tough 2013. He lost his brother Peter in the summer and after that personal tragedy (whatever you read about their fractured relationship the two were still blood) he came back to Spurs to discover he was no longer a part of Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham vision.
Adebayor has therefore had a torrid year - and he was speaking to Sky Sports Geoff Shreeves ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Swansea City.
The candid interview saw the Togolese international speak about his personal loss, his torrid 2013 and how he has no grudges against former boss AVB.
But he also spoke about the New Year - and the positive attitude he has come into it with.
He has been re-entered into the Tottenham fold since the appointment of Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane - and has rewarded his new boss with goals and positive performances.
And his ambition knows no bounds - as he still feels Tottenham have a shot at winning the title this season:
Shreeves: “What do you think Tottenham can achieve this season? Where do you see yourselves?”
Adebayor: “I don’t want to say we want to win the league, I don’t want to say we want to finish in the top four, let’s keep playing, work, let’s keep winning game after game, and then, on the 13th May we will see what we have achieved.
It is easy to say ‘I want to win the league’ I’m not a liar; I’m not going to tell you that somewhere in my head yes. Is it possible? Yes. Can we do it? Yes. Is it going to be very difficult? Yes. But what I can tell you is we just keep going.”
Shreeves: “Do you think your serious title contenders this season?”
Adebayor: “We are eight points behind. We still have to play Manchester City at home. We still have to play Arsenal at home. We have a lot of big games. If we keep winning games [who knows?]”
Tottenham go into the weekend fixtures in sixth position - eight points behind Arsenal at the top of the table - and with only 21 games gone in the season you cannot disagree that on paper, mathematically at least, Spurs are still in with a chance of winning the league.
Although most of us have ruled out anyone but Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool in the title race - Adebayor is one man not prepared to take that assessment as ironclad.
And with that attitude - things can only get better for him and Tottenham Hotspur.
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