Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has been hailed for recalling Emmanuel Adebayor to the team. And yet after the striker netted twice against Swansea City to make it six goals in eight games, the Spurs boss heaped all the praise firmly on the shoulders of his player.
"I can't take the credit for him," Sherwood told the BBC. "Emmanuel Adebayor has to take the credit.
"I have just given him the stage to go and perform. It's not as if he was never a good player."
That last statement was perhaps telling, given Adebayor's failure to get into the team under former boss Andre Villas-Boas. But regardless, his return has sparked Tottenham's rejuvenation and they now sit outside the top four only on goal-difference.
Looking at a breakdown of his performance on Sunday, Adebayor was nothing short of immense. He had three scoring attempts (all on target) and netted with two of them. He was also successful with 39 of 45 of his attempted passes.
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After the match, we took to Twitter to see what the fans thought of his performance. You can read a selection below:
So Adebayor was this lethal and AVB was benching him— onochie onyekwena (@vividexp) January 19, 2014
AVB shot himself in the foot the moment he relegated Emmanuel Adebayor 2 the reserve team/bench. His rejected stone is now the corner stone.— Okesola Oluwasegun T (@Setiok25) January 19, 2014
Eriksen and Adebayor revitalised, look completely different players! Great result, crisis Spurs now level with title contenders Liverpool— Billy Rayfield (@Billy_Rayfield) January 19, 2014
I wonder why AVB wasn't playing Adebayor, the guy is a good player - hard working and can score goals any time he gets a chance to do so.— Livhuwani Mbedzi (@Lrmbedzi) January 19, 2014
Won't AVB be covering his head in shame considering hw gud adebayor has been since his departure.He kept faith in soldado who didn't deliver— Femi (@phemy230) January 19, 2014
Adebayor, ADEBAYOOOOOOOOOOR this is the best team, you've ever played fooooor— DENZ (@aledvaughan) January 19, 2014
Adebayor much maligned,criticised for playing for himself,playing for cash. Bergkamp arsenal legend. Ade 88pl goals. Non flying dennis 87.— David Ramshaw (@daveram22) January 19, 2014
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