AVB: Emmanuel Adebayor won’t be affected by Man City atmosphere
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas drops a hint that Emmanuel Adebayor could face former side Manchester City
Andre Villas-Boas doesn’t expect Emmanuel Adebayor to be swept away by the emotion of facing his former club should the Tottenham Hotspur striker start at Manchester City on Sunday.
The Spurs boss hasn’t handed the Togo striker a Tottenham appearance in any competition this season but was impressed with the forward’s application in first-team training during the international break.
Adebayor was sent off when he faced former club Arsenal at Emirates Stadium last season, however, Villas-Boas believes the striker’s dismissal had nothing to do with facing the Gunners in a high-octane environment.
“I don’t think it was because he was influenced by the atmosphere that he did the challenge on [Santi] Cazorla,” Villas-Boas said.
“It was a movement and the ball was there, and sometimes the players take the decision to launch themselves in an aggressive way and he was rightly sent off. Something like this can happen for any player.”
The 29-year-old was reported to be a disruptive dressing influence at former clubs Arsenal and City but Villas-Boas insisted the towering forward hasn’t been a problem at Spurs.
And the Tottenham manager, who took charge at White Hart Lane in June 2012, has been encouraged by Adebayor’s work-rate in training.
“I think it’s good for the players that he’s fighting for his opportunity,” he added.
“Whenever that opportunity comes, I think he’ll try to grab it with both hands. I think that is a good positive sign.”
However, Villas-Boas warned Adebayor that he must wait for his chance to get some first-team action with Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado in goal-scoring form.
“It’s not merely dependent on how he trains because the other ones are performing as well,” he said.
“So, sometimes no matter how hard you try, the other ones are doing the same amount of effort and it’s up to the coach to decide.
“It’s not a question of lack of application. To be fair, all of them have been excellent, it’s just a question of who we start up front.”