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

club.

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

not happy.

“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

player fit.”

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

said.

“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

there.

“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

three points.”