Emmanuel Adebayor did not start the Premier League game against Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but Lord Sugar still had high hopes of the Tottenham Hotspur striker.
The former Arsenal and Manchester City star started the encounter against the Black Cats as a substitute, with Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado deployed as the two forwards by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
With Soldado once again misfiring and looking out of sorts, Adebayor replaced him just past the hour mark with the game level at 1-1, leading Lord Sugar to regain his optimism.
didn't realise Adebayor on the bench. This is the kind of game he might come on a try to prove himself again— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 17, 2015
oh guess what Soldado misses a goal again— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 17, 2015
Soldado off Adebayor on all problems solved now !!!!— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 17, 2015
Adebayor, though, failed to live up to Lord Sugar’s lofty expectations and did nothing of note, ending the game with one shot, 75% pass accuracy and one attempted take-on.
This was the 30-year-old’s first competitive game since early November, but even then his performance left much to be desired.
Lord Sugar may have faith in Adebayor, but it is clear that he is past his prime and just cannot be relied upon to do the job week after week.
Of course, the former AS Monaco striker will take some time to get into the groove of things, but questions remain on how important a role he will play in Tottenham’s quest for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.