Freund: Adebayor has part to play
Tottenham assistant manager Steffen Freund insists unhappy
striker Emmanuel Adebayor still has a key part to play for the
Adebayor was a big hit on loan from Manchester City last season,
but after signing a permanent deal at White Hart Lane in the summer
he has failed to break back in to the starting XI this term thanks
to the sharp form of Jermain Defoe.
Adebayor has not started a game for the Londoners under Andre
Villas-Boas and there have been reports that he is disappointed at
playing second fiddle to Defoe, who has scored seven goals for club
and country this season.
Villas-boas has cited back and hamstring injuries as part of the
reason why Adebayor has not played as much this term, and he may
miss out on Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash at Norwich as he is
struggling with a stomach bug.
Freund insists the powerful hitman still has a big role to play
for the team this year, however.
“Adebayor is sick today. We will have a look tomorrow (to see if
he is fit for Norwich),” Tottenham’s assistant head coach said.
“If you’re not playing and you’re injured then of course you are
“He’s really sick but hopefully he will be back in time. He is
one of the best strikers in the Premier League. We are happy to
have him back here.
“We need every Tottenham Hotspur player. If Andre wants to
rotate or change the position up front, it’s good to have every
Spurs head to Carrow Road after returning to winning ways with a
2-1 win at Southampton, where Gareth Bale was the architect of his
former team’s downfall.
Bale has challenged his team-mates to build on the momentum
gained from Sunday’s win by picking up back-to-back victories
against Norwich and Wigan.
“We’re enjoying our football now and we’re on a good run so it
is good times but we just need to keep our feet on the ground and
move forward,” he said.
Few faces remain at Southampton from Bale’s time there as,
following his departure, they dropped down to third tier and at one
point teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.
However, back-to-back promotions saw the club end a seven-year
exile from the top flight and the Welshman was delighted to face
his former club at long last.
“It was amazing to see them back in the Premier League,” Bale
“I was fully chuffed for them when they got promoted last season
and I am sure if they keep playing football like they did in the
second half that they will survive in the league and kick on from
“It was nice to come back. I’ve been waiting obviously about
five-and-a-half years to do so.
“It was great to come back. I’ve got some old friends here but
the most important thing was to come here and get the job done with