Tottenham Hotspur‘s interim manager Tim Sherwood seems to be quickly understanding what Andre Villas Boas might have completely failed to fathom about the Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor — the player can score if you trusted him to do so. Adebayor is showing spectacular form after being given the chance to play with the first team by Sherwood, and he is leading everyone to wonder why and how their highly rated former manager missed such a simple trick.
Sherwood has been given the reins at White Hart Lane after Villas Boas was sacked just one day following the 0-5 mauling at home at the hands of Brendan Rodger‘s Liverpool team, the current table-toppers of the Premier League. Adebayor never started a game this season when “AVB” was at the helm, despite being one of the highest paid players on the squad. But he has been quickly restored to the playing 11 by Sherwood and the club is beginning to reap the rewards. He had scored the Spurs’ only goal in their Capital One Cup loss against West Ham United, and has netted a stunning brace in the League match against Southampton today. His first goal was as good as it gets, as he negotiated four defenders and toed a perfect shot into the net. Adebayor was also the clinical presence in the final third that the Spurs are missing in Roberto Soldado. With three goals in two starts under Sherwood, the player is is already proving that “AVB” should have dealt with him in a better manner and erred by leaving him out in the cold.
Adebayor endured a difficult offseason due to the death of his brother, and was granted compassionate leave which ultimately saw him miss the preseason preparations. The player also refused to leave the club in the summer when “AVB” planned to sell him, and was demoted to training with the development squad upon returning from Africa, which did not go down well with him. Subsequently, he was frozen out of the first-team and played only once during the debacle at the Etihad at the hands of Manchester City.
A man-of-the-match performance against the Saints should do a world of good for both the player and his team. As the League table gets even tighter at the top with the Spurs’ victory at St. Mary’s Stadium, it look like a merry Christmas after all for the Lilywhites!