The forward was not included in Tottenham's league or European roster, but would Pochettino be a good manager if he made use of the striker rather than avoid him?
With Spurs having just one recognised striker in their Premier League and Europa League squads in Harry Kane, and Emmanuel Adebayor exiled from the playing staff, is Mauricio Pochettino right to stick to his guns and avoid the player altogether, or is there any argument at all for the manager earning his coin by looking to repair the situation?
Much like Andre Villas-Boas did two years ago, the Argentine has wholly rejected Adebayor's involvement at the club, despite a second proven goalscoring striker being a necessary addition to the Tottenham squad after they missed out on Saido Berahino.
That season, Tim Sherwood brought the player back after he replaced the Portuguese, and Spurs benefitted massively by his reintroduction. Pochettino considering the same would only see the former Arsenal man as back up to Harry Kane, but it may be the only way to make any good whatsoever of the fact the club and player are still contracted to each other, despite how much they might want a divorce.
The question that really exists is, would it be better for Tottenham and Pochettino to approach the striker about a return to the playing squad, even if it is only until January or next summer, rather than leave him picking up his massive salary for doing no work whatsoever.
Of course, what may have been said between Pochettino and Adebayor hasn't been revealed, so any words that have come from either party that are impossible to repair are not known to the public.
Another problem for the player would be that, even if he was to gain a role as a back up striker to Kane, to the degree that he would begin to get minutes on the pitch, how would Spurs supporters treat him on the pitch?
Adebayor criticised the fans last season after a defeat, imploring them to support in a more positive way, but it didn't help matters in the 31-year-old's remaining appearances of the campaign, as sections of the crowd didn't take kindly to his appearance on the pitch.
If Pochettino feels that the squad he has is currently capable of challenging in the three competitions they will be involved in this season, including the possibility of injuries to the likes Kane, then he is of course well placed to decide that it is better for Adebayor to rot where he is than be brought back into the fold.
But if anything happens to Kane, and the likes of Nacer Chadli, Clinton N'Jie and Heung-min Son fail to convince as a lone striker in his absence, Pochettino might realise that using the exiled player may be for the good of the team's results, even if it is a sacrifice of sorts.