BBC man: Tottenham's Adebayor's ability as good as Drogba, apart from one thing

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Tottenham star's desire questioned.

Emmanuel Adebayor made his return to action for Tottenham last night, and the debate over his talent continued.

Experienced BBC journalist Mark Pougatch made a particularly bold claim, comparing the striker to a player clearly his superior, with one caveat.

He wrote on his Kicca page: "Will always maintain Adebayor had everything to be as good as Drogba - except for that one vital ingredient: desire."

The striker lasted 64 minutes before being substituted against Sheffield United for Roberto Soldado. He had two shots during the game, both landing off target, while making 29 touches.

Didier Drogba is back at Chelsea after a spell at Galatasaray and in China, and is a shadow of his former self at 36-years-old, but his fear factor even now makes him still an arguably more dangerous forward that Adebayor.

At his peak Drogba was one of the best strikers of his generation, and will be remembered as a Premier League great.

Adebayor will not be, despite playing for top clubs Arsenal, Manchester City and even on loan at Real Madrid before Tottenham Hotspur.

His work rate has always been questioned, along with the issue of desire, but when he has been at the top of his game, the Togolese striker is a real talent.

Quite as good as Drogba, perhaps on a bad day for the Chelsea legend, but the two do possess similar physical attributes in terms of their power, height and athleticism, but that's where it ends.

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