With Gervinho recently finding some form for Arsenal, and Emmanuel Adebayor perhaps the man of the match for Tottenham Hotspur against Everton, it could be the case that two of the most maligned men in the Premier League this season are about to become crucial for their team's chances of a Champions League place.
Whilst complaints about Gervinho have mostly been confined to his on the pitch failings, Adenayor has received criticism as much for his questionable attitude off the field as his lackadaisical approach when on it.
The prolonged drama over his place in Togo's squad for the African Cup of Nations was perhaps a low point, but his slow start to the season and red card in the North London Derby also did little to endear him to the fans at White Hart Lane.
However, Adebayor now has the perfect chance to make some amends for his poor season, and if he plays as he did against Everton over the final weeks of the season, there is every chance that the striker could fire Spurs into the top four.
From his 34th second goal to the final whistle Adebayor showed absolute commitment to his team's cause, and when he is on form there is no doubt that he is an excellent player. His display will have caused as much frustration as jubilation amongst Spurs fans, as it demonstrates what the side have been missing when Adebayor has not given his all this season.
The next game Spurs have in the league is Manchester City at White Hart Lane on the 21st April, by which point Arsenal will have played three times and could have established a seven point lead over their neighbours. After drawing against Everton, the City game has become a must-win, and Adebayor will be crucial to that even if Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon are fit in time to play.
His past might already make it impossible for Adebayor to change fan's perceptions of his lack of commitment to his sides, but if he can finish strongly this year to help Tottenham Hotspur to a Champions League place, he might be able to start rehabilitating his reputation in one half of North East London at least.
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