Why hasn't Pochettino bit the bullet and put Adebayor on the bench this season?

The Togo forward has been omitted from Tottenham Hotspur's first two matches of the season, but they could have done with him.

Tottenham Hotspur’s need for a new striker has been evident in the last two matches with the recent 2-2 draw against Stoke City the perfect example of just what happens when Harry Kane is not on the pitch.

Against the Potters, the England international was substituted with 64 minutes on the clock, replaced by the very un-striker-like Erik Lamela, and by the end of the match Stoke had scored twice to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat.

It may not be a suggestion that goes down well with all Tottenham fans given his time at the club thus far, but Saturday was the perfect opportunity to use Emmanuel Adebayor – a striker who may well be on his way this summer but, at the weekend at least, was the only viable alternative to Kane up front.

The fact that the Togo international was not even on the bench speaks volumes for his fate, but now is not the time to hold grudges or ignore players simply because their future is seemingly elsewhere.

Had there been another striker on the bench for Tottenham against Stoke – even one of the promising next generation that has impressed in recent times for the under-21s – then so be it, but there was no such thing.

Instead Pochettino cut off his nose to spite his face and ended up with egg on it, having taken off his only goal-scoring threat and seen three points swiftly become one.

Now Clinton N’Jie is on board and another striker may arrive in the coming days, but on Saturday and previously against Manchester United, how Tottenham could have done with Adebayor to bring off the bench.

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