Stoke City boss Mark Hughes comments on Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes speaks highly of Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has defended under-fire Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The 30-year-old has come under strong criticisms in recent weeks for struggling to score regularly and for being inconsistent.

The former AS Monaco and Arsenal star has scored just twice in nine Premier League appearances so far this campaign, although he has created 12 chances, has a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 69%.

Hughes, who signed Adebayor when he was in charge of Manchester City back in 2009, believes that the Togolese remains a potent force.

'He wasn't difficult', The Daily Star quotes him as saying. 'I liked him as a guy, I thought he was a good character.

'There was always that feeling that he had everything you needed from a top striker. He has size, pace, power and ability on the ball. He's the whole package when he wants to be'.

Adebayor has blown hot and cold throughout his career. While on some days he can be utterly unplayable, on other occasions he can be severely underwhelming.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has retained his faith in the former Real Madrid loanee and continues to give him chances.

Adebayor could be handed a start against Stoke at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.

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