Was last night's game the final nail in the coffin for Adebayor?

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The Tottenham Hotspur striker was left out of his side's FA Cup clash with Burnley, despite Mauricio Pochettino's hints otherwise.

Normally, a man who hasn't featured since November doing exactly that isn't big news.

But, for Emmanuel Adebayor at Tottenham, last night's no show against Burnley may have provided a slightly new take on that situation.

Indeed, prior to the north London side's FA Cup clash with the Clarets, Mauricio Pochettino had hinted that he may start the Togolese striker for the first time in nine weeks.

The reality, of course, proved different and the Tottenham forward was not even named on the bench v Burnley.

Now, it could well be the case that Adebayor was simply rested for this weekend's Premier League clash with Sunderland - as with Harry Kane. But it is perhaps more likely that the 30-year-old's absence from the starting line-up (and substitutes' bench) is a sign that Adebayor has fallen to the very bottom of the pecking order - just as he did last season.

For this was a game in which the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches all played. None are first-team regulars anymore and very much part of a Spurs 'B' team. And, if we are to take things at face value, that means Adebayor isn't even part of Tottenham's second string.

In that sense, last night could very well have proved the final nail in the coffin of Adebayor's White Hart Lane career.

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