Oh, how things can change in a week. Tottenham Hotspur has started Tim Sherwood‘s tenure brilliantly with a victory over Southampton. Just last week, Tottenham fired Andre Villas-Boas after a pathetic campaign, replacing him with interim coach Sherwood. They were looking for a much-needed Premier League win away to Southampton as they seek to book a place in next year’s UEFA Champions League.
They got a major boost from a player who was seldom used and mostly overlooked by AVB, Emmanuel Adebayor. The imperial Togolese striker netted twice to beautiful strikes en route to a much-needed away win for his team.
Adebayor is no stranger to controversy, but has somehow always found a way to be successful when his teams need him the most. After a perfect start to his career at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, who mentored him and helped him mature into one of the game’s most prolific strikers, he controversially jumped ship and joined Manchester City.
After an unsuccessful two years at City under Roberto Mancini, he tried his luck in Spain at Real Madrid. Even though he scored five La Liga goals, he was not asked to come back because of his terrible attitude. He joined Tottenham shortly thereafter and has been far from a success.
Maybe the football gods are looking down at him and giving him the chance to regain his status as one of the world’s best. I can’t imagine what is going through Villas-Boas’ mind; he must be thinking to himself that things may have ended up differently had Adebayor been playing. Let’s not get too carried away by one good performance, but it does seem that Spurs and Adebayor are much more comfortable when AVB is nowhere to be seen.