Townsend: I want to see struggling Spurs ace Adebayor start against Leicester

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor has been reintroduced to the starting line-up in recent fixtures.

Andros Townsend has told the Tottenham Journal that he hopes Emmanuel Adebayor is handed another opportunity to impress against Leicester City on Saturday. 

The Togolese striker has returned to the Spurs squad to a mixed reaction from supporters after over two months away, but Townsend has defended his teammate. 

The England international winger feels that Adebayor still has a lot to offer the side and he believes that with more game-time he will only get better. 

“Hopefully he’ll get another game on Saturday against Leicester in the FA Cup and he can get a goal," he said. "He is a fantastic player. He worked hard last night [against Sheffield United] and hopefully the fans can see that."

“He has had a few niggles but he is now 100 per cent fit, so hopefully we will see the Emmanuel Adebayor of last season and he can start scoring goals for us."

Adebayor was handed the captain's armband for Spurs' match against Sheffield United in the League Cup last night, seemingly as a statement of Mauricio Pochettino's faith in him, but he failed to impress.

The 30-year-old struggled to hold the ball up or get involved in play and found himself subbed off just after the hour mark. 

He was off the pitch when Townsend scored the winning goal, but clearly he is being backed by his teammates to find form, if given time. 

Around this time last year, Adebayor hit a purple patch under the management of Tim Sherwood, where he scored eight goals in 10 games, and he will be desperately hoping for a similar return this time around. 

If he can deliver those sort of figures it will be a major boost to the Tottenham squad, but he will need to start looking a lot sharper in matches soon and a goal against Leicester this weekend could be the perfect confidence boost to enable him to do that. 

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