Tim Sherwood defends under-fire Tottenham star Emmanuel Adebayor

Tim Sherwood says Emmanuel Adebayor does care about Tottenham

Tim Sherwood has leapt to the defence of under-fire Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former Togo international received a frosty reception from the White Hart Lane crowd on Wednesday night as the striker made his first start since early November.

The 30-year-old failed to find the net as Andros Townsend gave Tottenham a 1-0 lead aggregate lead ahead of the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Sheffield United next week.

I think he will be very important for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham for the remainder of the season

Tim Sherwood

Former Spurs manager Sherwood insists Adebayor does care about the club despite not featuring for the north London side in nearly two months due to injury and personal problems.

Sherwood told talkSPORT: “I can only talk of how I found him and he was fantastic for me.

“I gave him the opportunity to play and he not only produced on the pitch but off the pitch, around the training ground, he was a great example to all of the players there.

“Young players like Harry Kane who have come through this year learnt a lot from Adebayor.

“He does care. It is just the way he looks on the pitch. It is not a lack of trying, I can tell you that for certain.

“You have to play towards him and keep him in the game. Do that and you get the best out of him.

“I think he will be very important for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham for the remainder of the season.”

Adebayor has scored two goals and has made one assist in 14 appearances in all competitions for Tottenham this season.

The former Togo international has racked up just 797 minutes of Premier League action, significantly less than Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado.

Adebayor has scored 41 goals in 106 appearances for the north London side after he joined on loan in 2011 before sealing a permanent move in 2012.

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