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Sherwood: Adebayor is massively important to us

Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor scores his team's opening goal. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor scores his team's opening goal. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
10:11 PM

Tim Sherwood saw Tottenham beat Manchester United 2-1 and admitted that Emmanuel Adebayor is a man transformed after the striker scored his fourth goal in five games since being brought in from the cold after his exile under Andre Villas-Boas.

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Christian Eriksen added a second but Danny Welbeck pulled one back for United a minute later but the north Londoners clung on for the last 23 minutes to win 2-1 at Old Trafford.

It saw the new manager’s honeymoon period with Spurs continue with the north Londoners having collected 10 points from a possible 12 over the festive period, providing the perfect platform to head into Saturday’s FA Cup showdown with Arsenal.

“We know he is one of best in league and when he performs as he is at the moment he’s almost unstoppable,” Sherwood said of Adebayor.

“I have no reason to believe he won’t keep it going.

“He’s massively important to us. He seems happy in himself and wants to play every minute.

“I am amazed [how quickly he has reintegrated] because he’s not had too much of a pre-season either.”

As Sherwood noted, it makes Adebayor susceptible to injury and the Togo forward was carried off immediately after Welbeck’s goal, apparently with an acute case of cramp.

“It’s always a danger you’re going to break down and I hope he’s not too badly injured,” said Sherwood.

“He’s got ice on every part of his body so we’re not sure which [part] is hurting him more.”

Sherwood is making a positive impact after the problems Villas-Boas encountered.

And he is having good fortune as well given his refusal to make any apologies for what he admitted should have been a penalty when Hugo Lloris went in on Young.

“At the time I thought it was a penalty,” he said.

“It’s one of them that could go either way but if we have got away that one I’m pleased because I remember coming here with Harry [Redknapp]. We were 2-0 up at half time and [Heurelho] Gomes made a save, he quite clearly played the ball first but they got a penalty.

“They even themselves out.”

Sherwood was able to find a few complaints about his side’s performance, delighting at the application of a squad short on numbers.

“I thought we could have been a bit better and moved the ball a bit sharper, particularly in the first half because they were there for the taking,” he said.

“We had good opportunities to get the ball into the number 10 position and we didn’t do that regularly enough today but games can be won on different qualities and we showed the heart of a lion today.”

Sherwood was visibly disappointed on the touchline after Welbeck’s goal but could have no complaints about the way they defended in the closing stages.

“It’s a massive blow [to concede] and we’ve been making a habit of that, switching off when we score. It’s okay running 70 yards to celebrate a goal but then we have to get our minds switched back on and we didn’t do it well enough,” he added.

“I got 100 per cent from all of them and we just needed a little bit more quality. But we’re doing it with a squad of 16 players, we’ve got nine out injured, and first-team players too.”

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