Pochettino reveals his striker back-up plan if Spurs sold Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed what he would have done if Emmanuel Adebayor was sold or loaned out.

The future of Emmanuel Adebayor was one of the more prominent story lines as an unspectacular transfer deadline day progressed earlier this week, but the forward landed up staying at Tottenham.

QPR were linked with his signature while West Ham admitted pursuing his signature, only to see the deal blocked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, The Mail reported.

The striker has been far from a regular starter at Tottenham recently, but head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told The Guardian  he was pleased to keep him.

Without Adebayor, Spurs have only Roberto Soldado as back-up for now first choice striker Harry Kane. Pochettino did however have his alternative options prepared, had the attacker made an exit.

These included utilising two attacking midfielders up front as cover, should the situation have required it.

He said: "I knew he could go and I would have been happy to play with two strikers for the rest of the season.

"Possibly, we could have used Chadli or Lamela [up front] but the first thing was that I wanted to keep Adebayor. It is important to clarify that."

Could it have worked? 

As a back-up plan, Spurs may have got away with it - but it is Chadli rather than Lamela who this season's statistics suggest would have been far better suited of the pair.

  Scoring V Shooting AccuracyAppearances
Nacer Chadli 19% 20
Harry Kane 19% 19
Emmanuel Adebayor 11% 11
Roberto Soldado 6% 15
Erik Lamela 5% 20
Mousa Dembélé 0% 14

Chadli has been an invaluable contributor this season in front of goal, and has a chance conversion rate equal to Harry Kane based on appearances in the Premier League.

Erik Lamela has been less successful with his efforts, scoring just five per cent of his shots - a figure only slightly bettered by Roberto Soldado, illustrating how ineffective the Spaniard has been up front.

Mousa Dembele was not mentioned by Pochettino but has played up front for Fulham previously in the Premier League. He has however done nothing this season to suggest that is or would have been an option worth repeating.

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