Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been quoted by the Daily Mail urging Tottenham fans to stop booing striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Whether fans love or hate the Tottenham front man, there’s an obvious reason why some will be delighted with Pochettino’s comments.
“Would I like the fans to stop booing Ade? Yes, yes, yes - now, all together, we need to try to get the success. Because we are in a key moment. We need to put out the bad things,” said the boss.
What the comments show is not blindness to Adebayor’s occasionally questionable attitude but willingness from Pochettino to protect his players.
He seems to be protective of all of his first team players and that has the ability to rub off on the confidence in his players.
Tottenham play a lot of games over the rest of the season and if Adebayor is still a Tottenham player after the loan window, he’s going to get chances to perform later in the season.
Therefore, it is significant for the striker to see his manager protecting him and trying to deflect some of the criticism away from him.
What his comments also show is a willingness to develop a sense of unity and togetherness at Tottenham.
That’s going to be important after any hiccups in terms of results later in the season.
A strong sense of togetherness should help the side pull themselves through difficult periods and grow stronger as a result.
Harry Kane is the main man but Adebayor could still have some sort of say in the race for the top four.