December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Andre Villas-Boas is hoping Emmanuel Adebayor can take a leaf out of Michael Dawson’s book and apply himself positively to Tottenham’s cause despite the Portuguese trying to sell the striker in the summer.
Tottenham head into the game boosted by the news that captain Michael Dawson has signed a new three-year deal at White Hart Lane.
The 29-year-old has made 293 appearances for Spurs since joining in January 2005 and is set to start against West Ham on Sunday.
Few could have expected such a turnaround for Dawson after Villas-Boas’ openness to selling the Yorkshire-born defender to Queens Park Rangers last year.
Villas-Boas has previously admitted that was a mistake and will hope for a similarly positive reaction from his Togo striker who scuppered the manager’s summer plans by his refusal to leave.
“I think his motivation will be high,” Villas-Boas said of Adebayor, who is injured for tomorrow’s visit of London rivals West Ham United.
“At the moment we have found extreme comfort in playing one striker rather than two like last season.
“What Ade will give us is that possibility, that link-up play he does so well with somebody else. At the moment we continue to play with one striker. We scored so many goals and we don’t suffer, so it looks like the way forward for us.
“All three of them will be in competition for that place.”
Adebayor is one of a missing quintet for tomorrow’s game that includes Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue, but the forward could be back after the international break.