Tottenham Hotspur secured another win in the Premier League yesterday thanks to a 2-1 win and a late goal from the in form Harry Kane.
There was plenty of pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino to start Kane in the Spurs attack, but he went with the more experienced duo of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, which failed to work out effectively.
Adebayor gives the Tottenham attack something different in the respect that his height and presence gives the side the ability to bully defences.
However, he was nowhere near his best, producing a frustrating performance, which was defined when a long ball hit him on the back of the heel as he looked to race in behind the Aston Villa defence.
Kane’s form and speculation suggesting Tottenham will try and sign a forward in the January transfer window has left Adebayor under big pressure.
Kane is really pushing for a start on all fronts and is the club’s best striker at the moment due to his performances domestically and in the Europa League.
If Tottenham go out and sign a player like Jay Rodriguez from Southampton then it means Pochettino might start thinking about selling Adebayor or Soldado, possibly even both of them if the transfer market works in Tottenham’s favour.
Adebayor looks eager to impress under Pochettino but Tottenham are chasing a Champions League place.
They need the very best to get there and while Kane may not be the most technically gifted striker in the Premier League or Europe, he’s hitting the back of the net more frequently than the other, more experienced options at the club.
Surely Pochettino has to now make Kane the first choice striker, with Adebayor among those who need to up their games and prove a point.
Here’s what Spurs fans on Twitter had to say yesterday about Adebayor’s performance against Aston Villa.
#Adebayor needs to urgently try his talent else where....— Ahumuza Nelson (@NelAhumuza) November 2, 2014
#Adebayor … Never knowingly putting in too much effort. What does this guy have on Daniel Levy to be able to keep playing?— Lee (@lcaller) November 2, 2014
Adebayor keeps getting picked. Harry Kane 9 goals in 13 games. Maurizio Pochettino contemplates these facts. pic.twitter.com/WvvLbrVibN— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) November 2, 2014
Kane has done more than in 30 seconds than Adebayor has done all season.— TheHotspurInsider (@HotspurInsider) November 2, 2014
Surely even Pochettino must realise that Adebayor is a total waste of space. Stop playing him!!!— Robbie Prouse (@RobbieProuse) November 2, 2014