Tottenham’s Adebayor has had an amazing season, says Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas insists Emmanuel Adebayor has had an "amazing season"

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Emmanuel Adebayor joined Spurs on a permanent deal last summer Photo: R Goraczniak/Wikimedia

Andre Villas-Boas believes Emmanuel Adebayor has had an “amazing season” and rebuked criticism of the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

The 29-year-old was impressive in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night, scoring the visitors’ first goal before teeing up Gylfi Sigurdsson in the second half to win the man-of-the-match award.

Despite his Stamford Bridge heroics, Adebayor has endured a disappointing season since completing a permanent switch to Spurs, scoring just four goals in 23 appearances.

But Villas-Boas defended the forward’s contribution to their top-four bid, insisting that Adebayor has taken time to adjust to Tottenham’s new style of play.

“The team changed dramatically in terms of personnel and style of play, so it has been a totally different scenario for him,” Villas-Boas said.

“I think he has had an amazing season. This season he adapted to a new function, a new role.

“Some players that played last year had a great season, were very experienced and they have left [Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart].

“The team has changed in some way. The team has had to adapt to a new reality. Adebayor’s mobility has been excellent for us, the way he fed our team, as you saw the other day with Sigurdsson when he assisted him for the goal, so the team is completely different to last year.

“We were pleased with the number of games that Adebayor played in the end representing what he has done for the team, maybe not the amount of goals that he expected, but he has certainly helped the team be within the frame to achieve our objectives.”

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