Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been singing the praises of Emmanuel Adebayor.
The 30-year-old striker has been in disappointing form so far this season and has also lost his place in the starting line-up.
Spurs fans have expressed their frustrations with Adebayor, who is reported to be on his way out of White Hart Lane either in January or next summer.
With Harry Kane in brilliant form and Roberto Soldado playing relatively well, Adebayor has some work to do to get back into the team.
Pochettino, though, has faith in the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker and is quoted as saying by The Mirror: “I have full respect for him because he’s a great player, a great talent, but now it’s a moment and I need to stay with him and give him space.
“It’s not a nice moment for him and my job is to help him too. I have a very good relationship with him from the beginning. He understands football and that this is a business and a game.”
Adebayor returned from Africa earlier this week after being granted leave due to personal reasons.
The former AS Monaco star sat out Tottenham’s League Cup quarter-final tie against Newcastle United in midweek, but he is available for today’s Premier League encounter against Burnley at White Hart Lane.
Many will find it amusing that Pochettino claims Adebayor to be a “great player”. He also describes the striker as “great talent”.
At 30, Adebayor is not a “talent” anymore, and he is not a “great player” either.
Lionel Messi is “great”, Cristiano Ronaldo is “great”, Cesc Fabregas is “great”; Adebayor is not great.