Former Tottenham Hotspur player and manager Glenn Hoddle has defended the club’s fans following the outburst from Emmanuel Adebayor yesterday.
The striker suggest that it would perhaps be better for the side to play away from White Hart Lane, due to the stick the team got from Tottenham fans during the defeat to Stoke City.
However, Hoddles has said the fans are one of the best sets of supporters in the country and well within their rights to demand the best from the players who represent them.
“They’re fantastic supporters [at Tottenham]. They always have been but the one thing they are is very demanding. Most crowds are but they are particularly demanding,” Hoddle told talkSPORT.
“I remember it as a kid coming into the team at 17 but in the end you set a standard for yourself and if you didn’t reach that standard they would soon let you know.”
Adebayor has since been criticised for his comments rather than using the negativity at White Hart Lane last weekend to score goals and put the smiles back on the faces of supporters who are doubting him.
The international break could have come at a good time for Spurs, as it allows them to reassess and then hit the ground running after the next two weeks, heading into a busy winter period.
“You have to be a strong character. You have to be brave on the ball to play at Tottenham in front of those fans. If you show that character and that ability they will be behind you forever.”
It’s a period where Spurs need their bigger and more experienced players to stand up and be counted including Adebayor and the likes of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and captain Younes Kaboul.
The season hasn’t started well for Spurs but it certainly isn’t over.