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Spurs striker questions AVB

Jermain Defoe doesn't think Adebayor's exile is good for the team

By | 17th September 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has questioned manager Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to force Emmanuel Adebayor to train with the club’s development squad, as Defoe believes that his fellow striker has a role to play this season. Adebayor returned to the club last week following the tragic death of his brother, but doesn’t appear close to forcing his way back into his manager’s first team plans.

Adebayor appeared in 25 Premier League matches for Spurs last season, but only managed to score five league goals during that time. His best season for the club was the year before, when he scored an impressive 17 Premiership goals for the club during the 2011/12 season. Now, Defoe has hailed his teammate’s qualities, and insists the club will need him in the first team this season.

“I don’t think it helps the team, to be honest,” Defoe told¬†Sky Sports.¬†“Someone like Mani, he’s a great player and has played for some of the top clubs in the world and is someone that we’re going to need. We will need his goals and what he brings to the team.

“He’s keeping himself fit, he’s a happy guy, he loves his football, and hopefully he’ll be back soon with the team.”

Adebayor doesn’t face much competition for a first team spot, as only Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado are available up front. Defoe had an unimpressive campaign last season as well, as the English international only managed to find the back of the net 11 times in his 34 Premier League appearances. Soldado, meanwhile, has been a revelation since moving to White Hart Lane over the summer in a big money move from Valencia, as the Spaniard already has two league goals in his four appearances, both of which were match winners against Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

It remains to be seen how long AVB will keep Adebayor training with the development squad, but Spurs fans will nonetheless be excited about seeing their new players turn out at White Hart Lane. Christian Eriksen debuted in his attacking midfield role for the club over the weekend and helped them to a convincing 2-0 win over Norwich City.

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  1. Brettus Norvatacus Bcn says:

    shut up Defoe…u are shit…concentate on scoring some goals for a change and shut the fuck up u bigmouth idiot

  2. Paresh Desai says:

    You neglect to mention that Soldado's league goals were both penalties, welcome as they were.

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