Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor expects ‘intense’ battle for top four

Emmanuel Adebayor believes Tottenham Hotspur face stiff competition for a Champions League spot this season

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Emmanuel Adebayor scored 18 goals for Spurs last season Photo: R Goraczniak, via Wikimedia

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Emmanuel Adebayor admits Tottenham Hotspur face an “intense” battle to keep hold of their top-four place this season.

The 28-year-old completed a £5m move to Spurs from Manchester City this week after scoring 18 goals in his loan spell at White Hart Lane last season.

Adebayor was a crucial part of Harry Redknapp’s side who narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League after Chelsea claimed the European crown in May.

And the Tottenham striker believes the north London club are facing an even tougher battle for a top-four place this season, with both Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United all strengthening over the summer.

“Last year was quite intense,” Adebayor told Spurs’ website. “And this season every game will be difficult as you saw at Newcastle on Saturday. They have a good team.

“Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle will all be fighting for the top four spots.

“It’s not going to be easy but as a footballer you just have to keep doing your thing and see what happens at the end of the season.”

Adebayor’s permanent move to Tottenham seemed to have fallen through, with the player’s wages acting as a stumbling block, but the former Arsenal striker expressed his delight at finally securing the switch.

“I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City,” he added.

“It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur. I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again.”

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