‘An insult to football’ is the way the Daily Mail describes Emmanuel Adebayor’s performance against Aston Villa last weekend, as second half substitute Harry Kane saved the day.
While Kane is likely to start the Europa League match against Asteras tomorrow night with Adebayor possibly featuring against Stoke this weekend, several Spurs fans will be asking themselves what Kane has to do to get more of a chance.
Adebayor’s performance against Aston Villa was summed up when a long ball, which would have put him in behind the Aston Villa defence, hit him on the back of the leg, bouncing away from danger and allowing Villa to clear.
The Mail criticised Adebayor’s lack of effort and work rate against Villa, suggesting that he can’t play against Stoke this Sunday.
Tottenham are striving to achieve a top four position, which would provide them with a passage into the Champions League which is their ultimate aim.
However, for that to happen the side needs all players pulling in the same direction in terms of effort and desire to succeed and force the club into a better position than the one they’re currently enduring.
Pochettino has routinely said that he gives no preference to strikers, analysing the stats before each game to judge who he feels will be the best striker heading into the next match.
You can’t argue with Kane’s nine goals from his last 13 appearances but Adebayor’s size and physical strength may just see him retain his place in the side for the game, forcing Kane to watch the start of another match from the bench.
The January transfer market is now less than two months away and we’re likely to get a good idea of the way Pochettino will behave during the next window based on the decisions he makes over the next couple of weeks.
As far as Adebayor is concerned, if he’s lucky enough to keep his place, he could well be playing for his future at the club.