Report: Pochettino admits Adebayor could return against Burnley

Emmanuel Adebayor

The Tottenham Hotspur boss says the sidelined striker could play in the FA Cup.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been a source of great frustration for Tottenham fans this season.

The striker has played a number of games for the north London side without offering much in terms of an end product.

Adebayor has appeared to be enduring one of his typical campaigns where minimal effort is made and minimal results are provided.

As a result, the Togolese forward - who also flew home due to personal reasons a few weeks ago - has not featured since November.

But Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that the cycle could start all over again, with the 30-year-old in contention to start tonight's FA Cup replay against Burnley.

"Could Ade play against Burnley? Maybe yes, he is not injured. Maybe I will make changes. We need to analyse who played against Crystal Palace and then see who has a chance," Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

"We have played 34 games, more than anyone else. We need to manage our players."

Intriguingly, it was roughly this time last year that Adebayor returned to the Spurs fold under Tim Sherwood and went on an explosive goalscoring run under the then manager.

It is difficult to foresee a similar outcome at Tottenham this time around. Giving the 30-year-old a game, however, may perhaps increase the north London side's chances of selling Adebayor.

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