Emmanuel Adebayor continued his best run of form in a Spurs shirt with a double strike as the club breezed past Newcastle last week. The Togolese striker has been rejuvenated under Tim Sherwood and team mate Younes Kaboul believes there is a very simple reason for that.
“The thing with many players of African heritage is that we work a lot through confidence,” Kaboul told The London Evening Standard.
“If you give confidence to someone like Ade, he will repay you so much more. He will give you the best, and that is what is happening now. Every player can always do better, but he is performing very well and we need him.
“The thing with Emmanuel is that he has always been a top player. He has always been up there, and he is not someone I have ever seen as an average player.”
Sherwood’s belief may have made all the difference in a player whom Didier Six believes is one of the best strikers in world football.
“Every time he almost scored, he was decisive … Emmanuel is a great player, he has his character, but he is one of the best strikers in the world “, said Six who managed Adebayor for the Togo national side.
“He took his misfortune patiently, knowing that his time would come. He’s a real pro, I think he has always trained seriously”.
Ade may well be rested on Thursday night with Roberto Soldado set to lead the line against Dnipro with the Togolese coming back for Sunday’s fixture with Norwich City. Can he keep that confidence going or will the other side to his ‘character’ seep through before the end of the campaign?