Emmanuel Adebayor returned to the Tottenham line up for last night’s league cup tie with West Ham and showed more emotion than he had collectively in the last two seasons when he found the net in the second half.
Tim Sherwood’s decision to withdraw the striker shortly afterwards has predictably sparked some anger following the Hammers’ comeback but as the interim coach tried to justify his decision, he may have given some insights into team selection while he remains in charge.
“We were forced to make the changes which meant we lost a bit of rhythm,” Sherwood said.
“Ade had to come off, Danny Rose had to come off otherwise you risk losing them for a long period during the season.”
Of course, that could have been no more than an excuse after a bad choice that backfired but it may also have indicated that 4-4-2 actually works. Sherwood has Adebayor, Defoe and Soldado at his disposal for Sunday’s game with Southampton but will he use the Togolese to help his case for the manager’s job and could the Togolese yet revive his career at White Hart Lane?