Mark Lawrenson gives verdict on Adebayor's Tottenham exit; warning for Aston Villa?

Mark Lawrenson has criticised ex-Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has told Match of the Day 2 Extra that he doesn't believe Emmanuel Adebayor loves playing football.

Adebayor, 31, was released by Tottenham earlier this week having fallen well out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

After 41 goals in 106 games for Spurs, Adebayor has now become a free agent, but can only join another English club in January having been released outside of the transfer window.

When asked about the situation, BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson told Match of the Day 2 Extra that Adebayor only plays to his full potential when he needs a new contract - and doesn't believe that the striker loves the game.

"I didn't realise he was still there!" said Lawrenson when asked for his opinion on Adebayor's departure. "I always get the impression that you get the best out of Adebayor when his contract is coming up for renewal. I think you see what a good player he is and could be, I get the impression that, once he is comfortable, I don't think he's in love with the game," he added.

The comments may serve as a huge warning to Aston Villa, with manager Tim Sherwood still pursuing the Togolese forward.

Sherwood told Sky Sports earlier this week that he would definitely be interested in reuniting with Adebayor at Villa Park, having enjoyed plenty of success during a short spell together at Tottenham during the 2013/14 season.

Sherwood somehow managed to get the best out of Adebayor, and would surely be confident of doing the same thing again were he to sign the striker in January.

Yet, Lawrenson's comments sum up Adebayor's time at Tottenham well - and at 31 years of age, it's hard to see his attitude changing any time soon, meaning Villa should be wary of signing Adebayor if Sherwood continues his pursuit in the New Year.

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