Pochettino must adapt for Adebayor to succeed, says former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tim Sherwood believes Emmanuel Adebayor is the best striker at Tottenham Hotspur.

Adebayor has made 10 Premier League appearances this season, scoring just two goals, although he has been absent since the 2-1 defeat to Stoke.

A reported disagreement with head coach Mauricio Pochettino has seen the 30-year-old forward frozen out at White Hart Lane, and his absence has coincided with an upturn in form. The Lilywhites have won three games in succession since the loss to Stoke, and the form of Harry Kane and Roberto Soladado - who netted his first goal of the season at the weekend - could see the Togolese international reduced to the sidelines for a number of games.

Despite Adebayor’s ability in front of goal, he offers little in the way of team ethic, and his style of play does not fit well with Pochettino, who favours system over individual. While Soldado has been misfiring since the start of the campaign, he regularly drops deep to link-up play, whereas Kane has been playing as an ersatz number 10 since his introduction to the starting XI.

The 30-year-old’s season appears to be progressing in the reverse order as he endured last term, when he was frozen out of the team in the beginning months before Tim Sherwood brought him back into the fold following his appointment as head coach. The Englishman favoured a traditional forward in his team, and Adebayor netted 11 goals in just 21 appearances - his second best tally since his move to North London.

Sherwood was the perfect coach to allow Adebayor to succeed, and he believes that Pochettino must adapt his managerial style so that the forward can once again show his true ability as the best striker currently on the books at White Hart Lane.

“I don’t think every player should have to adapt to the manager,” Sherwood told talkSPORT. “The manager should adapt to every individual that he’s got.

“You don’t need to treat him [Adebayor] differently, you must treat him with respect. And I certainly did that.”

“Everyone welcomed him back in because they knew that with Adebayor firing on all cylinders he’s probably the best centre-forward they’ve got at the club.”

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