Why Spurs need to continue with two strikers to stand a top four chance

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood needs to carry on starting Adebayor and Soldado together in their upcoming fixtures to enjoy success.

Tottenham are still in the race for a fourth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League and a place in next season’s Champions League, following their 1-0 win against Cardiff City on Sunday.

Tim Sherwood’s side sit in fifth place, four points off Manchester City in fourth place at the moment, but the Citizens have two games in hand.

It would appear that Spurs will need look to finish ahead of Liverpool or Arsenal to ensure a place in the top four, with both clubs currently six points ahead of the Lilywhites.

Speaking after Sunday’s win, Sherwood claimed Spurs were still hopeful of reaching a Champions League place with just ten games left: "We're looking upwards rather than behind us."

Tottenham have started their last two games with both Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, and Roberto Soldado, 28, in attack, and Sherwood will need to stick with this approach in the upcoming fixtures.

Spurs play Chelsea, Arsenal, Southampton and Liverpool in their next four Premier League games and these will surely define their season.

Tottenham have not lost a Premier League game when Adebayor and Soldado have started together.

Adebayor has started all 12 league games since Tim Sherwood took over in December, with Soldado starting alongside the Togo striker in seven of those.

Spurs have won five of those seven games, drawing the other two, and have scored in every match.

Sherwood’s side are undoubtedly more threatening when the experienced forwards are on the same pitch, with the resurgent Adebayor continuing to shine.

The Togolese forward has been in excellent form with eight goals and three assists in his past twelve league games for Spurs.

Whereas Soldado has been heavily criticised all season for not scoring anywhere near the amount of goals expected of him following his £26m move from Valencia in the summer.

The Spaniard has six goals and four assists in 23 Premier League appearances this season, but received a huge confidence boost after scoring the winner against Cardiff and was “ecstatic” after the game.

The pair lead the line for Spurs against Dnipro last Thursday as well, as Tottenham ran out 3-1 winners following three goals in thirteen second-half minutes, to reach the last-16 of the UEFA Europa League.

Spurs must continue picking up points against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool to have any chance of finishing in the top four, and playing Adebayor and Soldado together is crucial.

Tim Sherwood may look to revert back to a formation with one striker on Saturday night when Spurs travel to Chelsea, but it is key that Tottenham attack teams now as they look fire their way into next season’s Champions League

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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