Sherwood: Tottenham’s Adebayor has huge role to play at Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood says Emmanuel Adebayor has a "huge" role to play against Arsenal

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

Tim Sherwood says Emmanuel Adebayor will have a “huge” role to play in Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup third-round clash against Arsenal on Saturday.

The Spurs boss revealed the Togo international will be available to face his former club despite limping off injured during their 2-1 win at Manchester United on New Year’s Day.

There is no holding him back at the moment

Tim Sherwood

Adebayor has scored three goals in five games since Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas, and the Tottenham manager described the gigantic striker as a “warrior”.

“Adebayor will be huge,” Sherwood said ahead of The Emirates clash.

“I think that if Arsene Wenger saw him limping off at Old Trafford … I’m sure there were a lot of pleased Arsenal fans, management and players but, unfortunately, he’s going to be walking out against them.

“It didn’t look great when he came off on that stretcher but he is a warrior. There is no holding him back at the moment. He got cramp in every part of his body and we weren’t sure what to rub and what to put ice on next.

“He was really struggling. But the guys have given him some treatment, and loving, which they were told to do, and I am sure he is going to be fine.”

Sherwood also expects the Arsenal supporters to show their former striker respect in the FA Cup encounter at Emirates Stadium.

“At every club he’s ever played for, the fans respect Adebayor for the player he is,” Sherwood added.

“There are certain players when the team-sheet comes in, you scan down and see if they’re playing.

“I did it at Old Trafford … see if [Wayne] Rooney’s playing straight away and I’m sure Arsenal will do the same with Adebayor.”

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