It’s so typical of Emmanuel Adebayor to have a long spell of ineffective games and then, suddenly, he turns it on in a difficult game.
It was a difficult game which Tottenham were in against Chelsea, and he provided a man of the match performance in the 2-2 draw.
His goal was the Adebayor of old. It epitomized everything he used to display on a regular basis in his Arsenal days. Driving the ball from his own half with pace, power and composure, before curling a delightful finish past the stranded goalkeeper. His assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson was also sublime, as he opened up Chelsea’s defense with the most delightful flick.
But it wasn’t just the goal and his assist that was impressive. Although he was static a lot of the time, failing to make any real decisive runs which could draw defenders from their position, Adebayor held the ball up well, and rarely lost possession.
To have Adebayor on top form at this particular time of the season would be very helpful for Tottenham. Although it’s come frustratingly late in the season, the Spurs must win their final two games to stand any chance of Champions League qualification.
It’s hard to say whether he’ll remain a Spurs player next season. He’s tied to a long contract, and, at his best, he is adequate for Tottenham. He can play at the highest level, but his work rate and consistency is always going to be in doubt, and that’s just who he is.