Spurs could bring Adebayor in from the cold at Man City

Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:15pm EST
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By Oliver Haill

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor could be an attacking option for Sunday's Premier League trip to Manchester City.

Coach Andre Villas-Boas said on Friday that Adebayor was in contention for his first appearance of the season after he played alongside Roberto Soldado in a 4-4-2 system in a behind-closed-doors friendly during the international break.

"Our likely approach is to go with one up front," Villas-Boas told a news conference, suggesting his striker would be Soldado or Jermain Defoe.

"They are very near each other at the moment and it could be a possibility that even Ade could play."

Adebayor has not played for Spurs this season after being ordered to train with the reserves.

The Londoners, however, have struggled up front, scoring just nine times in 11 league games including three penalties and one from open play by Soldado who joined the club from Valencia for 30 million euros ($40.57 million) in August.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City forward Adebayor, who scored five goals in 18 league starts last season, seems to have fought his way back into the good books of Villas-Boas.

"Adebayor on his own or with another striker is a great player," said the coach. "But we have two performing strikers in Soldado and Defoe.   Continued...

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (R) challenges Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez