Arsenal hero describes Tottenham Adebayor captaincy decision as commendable

Emmanuel Adebayor

Former Gunner Martin Keown has praised Tottenham Hotspur for giving Emmanuel Adebayor a run out as captain.

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Tottenham's decision to captain Emmanuel Adebayor this week was a good one, he told The Mail.

The striker made his first appearance in two months for Spurs against Sheffield United in midweek, but lasted just over an hour.

The decision to name him captain for the night evoked a strong response from Spurs supporters and football fans in general.

Keown said the decision was a sensible piece man-management from Tottenham's head coach.

He said: "Mauricio Pochettino is a strong manager and, Spurs fans won’t like hearing this, but making Emmanuel Adebayor was quite commendable. He’s put things to one side and did something big to try and encourage him to turn things around.Adebayor still looked very leggy but if Pochettino can get him fitter and encourage his game, he is an asset."

Adebayor is a very complex character and anything Pochettino can do to get him to maximise his talents, will be of benefit to the club.

Part of the reality is though, Pochettino is backed into a decision he made early in the season when he appointed Adebayor as vice-captain. 

If he did not give him the armband in a game he started with regular captain Younes Kaboul absent, there would be questions raised, and the issues surrounding Adebayor would become even more pronounced.

Keown went onto suggest Adebayor can turn the fans onside, but it is up to the striker to deliver, having put himself under pressure early in the season by calling out supporters for turning on the team easily.

The ex-Arsenal man said: "It might take longer for the fans to warm to him again. He complained about the atmosphere earlier in the season and could have handled it better, but Mourinho said the same thing at Chelsea and he wasn’t booed. But then Jose gets results and Adebayor needs to do the same if he wants that acceptance now."

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