Emmanuel Adebayor looks almost certain to leave Spurs either in January or at the end of this campaign and when Andre Villas-Boas was questioned about the striker’s future, he was very blunt on the subject.
“There is competition for places and you have to try to break into the team,” Andre said.
“No matter how hard you try the others are trying as hard.
“He has to be patient and wait for the opportunity whenever it arises. That is the nature of every top club. He has the continue working hard. It is just the others are working just as hard.”
You would think however that if Ade can’t get a game in the Capital One Cup or the Europa League then he must be finished at the Lane but that’s not a view held by Kyle Walker who is backing his team mate to bounce back.
“He is a fantastic player and he trains really hard,” Walker told the Evening Standard. “It’s not up to me to decide whether he plays or not: that is a decision for the manager. But we’re fully behind him and the manager.
“You don’t play for Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid if you’re not a decent player. I believe fully in every striker we have at the club. Adebayor, Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane, who came on against Hull and scored.
“It just takes time. The goals are going to come, most definitely. It’s just about being patient and if we keep clean sheets, we can’t be beaten so the worst we can do is draw.”
Time will tell but we’ll continue to receive clues if Adebayor is left out of the Europa League and Capital One games in the weeks that lie ahead.