Brad Friedel agrees with Mauricio Pochettino on Tottenham Hotspur fans booing Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has been jeered by the Tottenham Hotspur fans on occasions this season.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show that the fans’ jeering is having a negative impact on Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togo international striker has been in disappointing form throughout this season and came close to leaving Spurs on transfer deadline day, as he himself revealed to Sky Sports earlier this week.

Adebayor has scored just two goals and created only 12 chances in 11 Premier League appearances for Tottenham so far this campaign, while having a pass accuracy of 76% and a shot accuracy of 67%.

The Spurs fans have jeered him at White Hart Lane on occasions, and Friedel has suggested that this is not good for the confidence of the 30-year-old.

“Emmanuel Adebayor is a very big character,” the former USA goalkeeper told talkSPORT. “He’s got a very strong ego and he can deal with [the booing] but I do agree with what Mauricio [Pochettino] was saying. [Booing] does bring a negative energy.

“A lot of people want a far sexier story than it actually is. Adebayor is not a bad lad. He’s not bad around the training ground. He causes no issues whatsoever to any of the staff or the players.”

Earlier this week, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino urged the fans not to boo Adebayor anymore and was quoted as saying by The Sun: “Yes, yes, yes, it’s important that the fans forget the past…

“We need to put out the bad things, the bad energy, we need to try to help each other and try to get the success. This is the important thing.”

The Tottenham fans need to listen to both Pochettino and Friedel, especially on Saturday when there is so much at stake.

While one can understand the supporters’ frustrations with Adebayor’s poor form, they need to give him their full support against Arsenal in the North London derby.

The striker is unlikely to start the Premier League game at White Hart Lane, but if he comes on, then he must be shown some support.

Playing against his former club Arsenal, Adebayor could do with some backing from the Tottenham fans. If he does get some support, then he could play better.

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