Since Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur following a 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Dec. 15, the club has undergone a major makeover in terms of personnel and tactics on the field, and for the better. New manager Tim Sherwood has brought in a free flowing style that encourages attacking impetus, and has also brought in youth players such as Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane, and most surprisingly of all Emmanuel Adebayor.
The reign of Villas-Boas was not very kind to Adebayor, as he was banished to Tottenham’s reserve squad in what turned out to be a doomed power grab, although the move that only strengthened the striker’s relationship with Sherwood, who spent massive time with the reserves as technical coordinator. During this time, the two apparently established a good rapport, as Adebayor has not only been a force since returning to the lineup, but he has been one of the best striker’s in all of world football.
In the six Barclays Premier League games that have occurred since Adebayor returned to the lineup as a starter, he has scored five goals and contributed two assists, while generally being a deadly threat at all times. The striker is clearly invested emotionally in the project that Sherwood is heading, as his mix of pace, creative flair, an eye for goal, and aerial ability have been combined with a high work rate that have ensured no defender can reasonably keep him from getting a few good chances per game.
Resulting out of all of this is that Adebayor has filled the void of dominant striker in Tottenham’s lineup that both Roberto Soldado and Jermaine Defoe failed at early in the season. The team has gone from .9375 goals per game prior to Villas-Boas being sacked to 2.333 per game since, and Adebayor is surely the biggest reason why. Looking at the fact that the club has picked up five wins and one draw since Adebayor entered the lineup — and moved into a tie with Liverpool for fourth in the Barclays Premier League — shows that his influence has also translated into wins.
Moving forward, there is no doubting that Adebayor will continue to be one of the best strikers in the world for the rest of the current season, although it will surely take some massaging of the ego from Sherwood along the way. With a talent like Adebayor though, this is often worth the extra effort and will surely result in Tottenham gaining the much vaunted fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League table.