Mauricio Pochettino discusses Tottenham striker’s future

Mauricio Pochettino says Emmanuel Adebayor is an important Tottenham player

Mauricio Pochettino says Emmanuel Adebayor is an “important player” for Tottenham Hotspur after the forward stayed at the club following the transfer window.

The 30-year-old was due to complete a loan move to West Ham for the rest of the season until chairman Daniel Levy blocked the move due to the club’s rivalry with Spurs.

The Togo forward has only featured in 15 matches for the club this season, including 11 starts, but Pochettino says he is pleased to have kept the player at Spurs.

“We are happy that he stays here because he’s a very important player,” Pochettino told his pre-match media conference on Thursday.

“We need to provide him the tools to help him improve his game. We try to push them and train in a good way.

“After, when we have the opportunity to play him, I have confidence in him, like every other player.

Adebayor has been in and out of the team since joining Tottenham permanently in 2012 for £5m following a season-long loan at White Hart Lane.

He has made 97 appearances and scored 42 goals for the club, and the former Arsenal striker featured in the side regularly at the start of this season.

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However, he has fallen out-of-favour in recent weeks with the in-form Harry Kane being Pochettino’s preferred centre-forward at the moment.

Adebayor has made just three substitute appearances in the last six matches for Spurs but Pochettino insists the striker’s poor form is only down to a lack of confidence.

“When you play with confidence it’s better than playing with doubt,” Pochettino added.

“We need to analyse the past and it was difficult for him to recover the confidence and his best level for him to compete.

“People need to understand he needs time to recover his confidence.”

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