Emmanuel Adebayor got a new lease of life at Tottenham under the management of Tim Sherwood. After being frozen out in the first half of last season, Adebayor was a major reason in helping Tottenham finish close to Manchester United in the table. His form was substantially better than Roberto Soldado, who has struggled since arriving from Valencia in the £ 26 million deal. Tottenham have not signed any major strikers in the summer transfer window so far. Hence, Adebayor is set to become the club’s number one striker under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Southampton man was at the danger of not having Adebayor in the first-team at the start of the season. This is after the former Arsenal man contracted malaria in the last few weeks. He has been hospitalised for this period, but Adebayor has said for the first time that he is feeling significantly better and is hoping to be on the pitch sooner rather than later. The 30-year-old managed to get 11 goals in 21 league appearances last campaign. Tottenham recently flew to the United States for their pre-season tour.

Adebayor has not been included in the squad, but it is not because of transfer speculation. It is because of the striker failing to recover in time. It is understood that he may join the pre-season tour if he recovers well midway through the tour.
“SEA, Hey guys, thanks for all your good wishes. Getting better now and looking forward to going back to training soon and preparing for the new season. #COYS” said Adebayor. Tottenham will be coming up against the likes of Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire in the pre-season before starting the new campaign in the away match against West Ham United. Pochettino would have been hoping for an easier fixture than a London Derby for his first match.

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Striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been excellent for Tottenham in the second half of the campaign, says that he wants the club to win the remaining four matches of the season and seal a Europa league spot. The prospect of qualifying for the Europa league still remains available for Tottenham, who appears to have given up on the dream for top four place. The race for the top four will now be contested between Arsenal and Everton in the four matches of the season. Spurs are a distant sixth with a seven-point difference.

They needed to teams to drop more than five points in the remaining matches and Adebayor is likely to concede the race for the Champions League. However, he will be aware that the prospect of finishing without any form of European football next season is a distinct possibility due to the threat from Manchester United for the final Europa league spot. If Arsenal win the FA Cup, then Tottenham are almost guaranteed Europa league football. However, if Hull city win the competition, then it would leave only one spot through league positions.
Manchester United are five points behind Tottenham after having played a game less than their opposition. They are expected to improve significantly after the appointment of Ryan Giggs as their new manager.

“As we approach the end of this season, we have to keep our heads right for these last four games and win them for the fans. We have had some very good performances this season but we have had too many poor ones as well and it’s important we learn from our mistakes next year. It’s up to us to put everything into these remaining games, pick up four wins and give them renewed hope and enthusiasm for next season,” said the striker ahead of the Fulham match.

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Emmanuel Adebayor has started to enjoy life again at Tottenham Hotspur. He had gone out of favour when Andre Villas Boas was in charge, but, after the sacking of the Portuguese manager, things have turned around for him. All of a sudden, he is finding himself amongst the goals and he credits Tim Sherwood for all that.

According to the Togolese international, Sherwood gave him the freedom to play his natural game and that’s the reason why he managed to get back to his peak.

Since the departure of Villas-Boas, Adebayor has featured for the Spurs in 8 matches and has found the back of the net 6 times.

Talking to the reporters yesterday about his recent form, the 29 years old forward said, “I had probably reached the lowest point of my career. Even my compatriots were saying bad things about me. It certainly could not have got any worse. But, thankfully, Tim came to the club at the right time and he gave me the kind of support that I needed. He told me not to worry about anything and just play the way I wanted.”

Adebayor had made a permanent move to Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the 2012-13 Season. He had spent a season at White Hart lane playing on loan before that. So, when he joined the club on a permanent basis, he was familiar with everything. In his debut season, he got a lot of playing opportunities and he delivered as well, but, in the first half of the ongoing season, he had a very rough time.

In total, Adebayor has played 65 league matches for Tottenham so far and has scored 27 goals. This is a decent record, but, considering how talented Adebayor is, these stats could have been much better.

Sadly one place you won’t be able to see him is in Brazil this summer. Togo and Adebayor will be staying at home and watching it on TV like everybody else.

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Tottenham’s 5-0 defeat against Liverpool was the last match that Andre Villas- Boas was in charge of the club as he was later sacked. On December 23 Tim Sherwood was confirmed as the new head coach of the squad.

His first match in charge of Tottenham saw them claiming a 3-2 triumph against Southampton in what was a hard fought battle as they played at the St.Mary’s Stadium and a spectacular performance from the Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor gave Tottenham the edge they needed to snatch all 3 points.

This was the first Premier League start of the season for Adebayor as he was facing some difficult times in Tottenham when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge but now things have taken a huge turn for the better.

The former Arsenal player praised his team-mates and the new manager who gave him encouragement since the moment he was appointed and taken into his new role in Tottenham.

Adebayor said: “I want to thank all my team-mates, they have been there for me, they tell me to keep working hard and my chance will come. To be here today I am very pleased, not just the goals but for the team and I am very happy for the new manager, the fans. They have been supporting me.”

Adebayor added: “He Sherwood told me ‘Emmanuel, I know you for a long time’ and he was with Harry, he told me ‘I need you, get out there, play your football, I will not tell you anything, you have been around the block, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid’, you know how to play.

“For me, that was big confidence, the new manager telling me that, and I am very happy for him.

The Togolese striker was even going to make a move away from Tottenham Hotspur as he was not feeling satisfied playing in a club where he stays more time on the sidelines than on the actual pitch but with the arrival of a new manager in the club and his splendid performance against Southampton will probably be seeing him staying for a while longer in the North London club.

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Adebayor’s current season with Tottenham is not going anywhere near to the previous one when he managed to claim the top goal-scorer award during the season of 2011-12 for the team of Andre Villas-Boas.

His fantastic time on loan with Tottenham made him sign a permanent deal with the Togolese and a transfer fee of £5m things aren’t going as great as it used to. Having only made a limited number of appearances in this season for Tottenham and the arrival of Roberto Soldado has even lead Adebayor on being demoted to play with the youth squad on a number of occasions.

“I have tried to keep my belief but I cannot get any lower. If I am lower than this it means I am dead,” Adebayor told the Sun.

Despite his struggles, the 29-year-old player is still hoping he can make the same impact he did on his previous season with the club. He has been linked to Liverpool according to a Liverpool news website.

“I have three years left on my contract and I’m not going anywhere. I’m fully committed, my fitness levels are getting back and I have unfinished business here.

“If selected I will give everything to be a success here. If not selected, I will give everything to be selected. Yes, it’s been frustrating but I just have to keep my hopes alive, keep training hard, keep doing my thing and my chance will surely come.”

Things really got touch for Adebayor when his brother Peter died while he was on his tour in Hong Kong and was given time off by the club and when he came back, he found Roberto Soldado taking up his position.

Emmanuel Adebayor made his debut of this season during Tottenham’s match against Manchester City and after not managing to make any impact with the team, it is not the debut a player wishes to make and to make matters worse, he picked up a groin strain injury and possibly will be missing out for even more matches.

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Turkish giants Besiktas will try to secure a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor once the transfer window opens again in January, it has been revealed.

The Turkish club tried their best to lure the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker to the club this summer as well, but a breakdown in negotiations with the club along with the player’s unwillingness to move to Turkey made a deal impossible.

It was revealed that the striker was waiting for other offers to come his way before making a decision but with a lack of clubs keen to sign him, that waiting game backfired on him. He has since been reduced to a bit time player at the club following the arrival of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado and the presence of Jermain Defoe and it is this lack of playing time that might just prompt Emmanuel Adebayor to reconsider his options once again.

A source from the club also confirmed that they were interested in signing the striker in August and mentioned that they will try to sign him once again in January but also admitted that it is difficult for a club like them to sign such a marketable player. The source also mentioned that they are also looking at the prospect of signing legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldinho who currently plays for Atletico Mineiro back in his homeland.

But that signing will prove to be a huge gamble considering the player’s histrionics off the field and the money they will need to sign him and that leaves Emmanuel Adebayor as the most likely option that they have. And with star names such as Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder already plying their trade in Turkey, Adebayor might just consider swapping London for Istanbul come the January transfer window as well.

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Turkish giants Besiktas are still hopeful of securing a deal for Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor before the summer transfer window slams shut on the 2nd of September. The Istanbul based side is still hopeful of persuading Spurs to sell the misfiring Togolese international.

However, the deal also hinges on the Turkish side managing to overturn a ban that sees unable to compete in the UEFA Europa League after being allegedly involved in a match fixing scandal at home. The future of the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker has been thrown into uncertainty this summer after a poor goal scoring campaign last summer and the club continually being linked with one striker after another.

Besiktas have registered their formal interest in the 29 year old but they fear their ban from European competitions will scupper any potential deal they might thrash out to land Emmanuel Adebayor. The club has already appealed for an overturn of their ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is extremely confident that their ban will be revoked.

And if the club is successful in getting the ban revoked and manage to play in eruope next season, the club president Fikret Orman has promised to fly to London himself and try and persuade the player to join the side. Orman spoke to an English media outlet where he stated that the club is still interested in securing the services of Emmanuel Adebayor and added that there are still chances that the transfer could go ahead.

He mentioned that it is important for the player that the team plays in Europe and as soon as the club is cleared to play in Europe, he will travel to London and get the player to sign on with the club and lead them in the Europa League.

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Turkish giants Besiktas have revealed that they are very close to pulling off the signing of Tottenham Hotspur outcast Emmanuel Adebayor with the club president admitting that they are confident of being able to lure the Togolese international from White Hart Lane.

The Turkish powerhouse have been chasing the signature of the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, who is considered as surplus to requirements at Tottenham throughout the summer transfer window but have so far, been unable to strike a deal with the player over personal terms.

However, with the club now confident of revoking a ruling that is presently blocking them from taking part in European competitions for the new season, the officials of the club remain confident that it is only a matter of time before the deal will be clinched. According to Besiktas president Fikret Orman, the club is interested in signing Emmanuel Adebayor and the transfer could still go ahead.

According to sources close to the Togolese international and the Turkish club, the deal breaker in the move was whether the club would play in Europe next season and according to Orman, as soon as the club is cleared to play in Europe, he will travel down to London to complete the deal for the player. Besiktas finished third in the Turkish league last season but have been banned from playing in Europe this season for their alleged involvement in match fixing.

The Eagles have launched an appeal against the decision and await the decision which will be announced in the next few days. Emmanuel Adebayor is already said to have told Spurs he wants a move and manager Andre Villas Boas will not stand in his way with the club already accepting a £ 4 million deal from the Turkish club for the former Real Madrid man.

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Tottenham have one very few trophies in the last few seasons, which makes it extremely difficult for them to hold onto stars like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale. The Croatian midfielder, Luka Modric, has already left the club, while Bale continues to be linked with all the major clubs around the world.

Midfielder Scott Parker believes that Tottenham can truly arrive at the big stage if they manage to win a major trophy, which could be in the form of the Europa league this season. Even though many managers consider the Europa league to be a distraction, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he wants to win this trophy.

The club are currently in the quarter-finals of the competition where they will be facing the Swiss club FC Basel. Ahead of encounter, Parker believes that this is a great chance for Tottenham to join the best clubs in the world. Villas-Boas has had previous success in this competition. Further, Tottenham have been on a great run of form in recent months. They have made the Premier league club as one of the favourites to lift the title. The club has not managed to win a title since the League Cup success in 2008.

“As well as us as a squad, when I say that I obviously mean the fans as well. I can’t remember the last time we won a trophy. For the fans, it would be something very special – it would be something that shows the club is moving in the right direction and would be pleasing. We have gone on a very good run and it is a tough competition with good teams in it. We wouldn’t want to look too far ahead because obviously we have got two difficult games coming up,” said Parker ahead of the Europa league match.

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Emmanuel Adebayor has criticized the pitch at Mbombela Stadium. It’s the same venue where Togo took on Tunisia on Wednesday. That match ended in a draw and with the help of that draw, Togo cruised into the quarterfinals of the African Cup of nations.
In the post match press conference, Adebayor looked disappointed with the nature of the pitch.

The Tottenham star said, “The nature of the pitch over here is quite poor. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy playing here. It was not a good pitch at all. There was uneven bounce and it was really difficult for the players to control the ball.”

“This tournament is being seen by people all over the world. Everyone would have seen how the pitch behaved today and people around the world would say that the matches in Africa are being played in Bush. We all belong to Africa and it’s embarrassing for all of us.”

“The stadium is fantastic; no doubt about that. But, the pitch is pretty sandy. The matches of such big tournaments can’t be played on this kind of pitch.”

Not only has Adebayor criticized the Mbombela pitch, the coaches of Zambia and Nigeria have also criticized it. The coach of the Zambia team, Herve Renard, had said that the nature of the pitch was the main reason why his team didn’t manage to reach the knockout stages.

Mbombela is an important venue. Togo will play its quarterfinal match here and then, one of the semi final matches will also be played here.

According to the reports, just a few days before the start of this competition, it rained heavily in the northern Nelspruit. So, the curators had to lay sand on the pitch and as a result, the nature of the pitch became poor.

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