Bond hints at Adebayor deal

BY foxsports • November 20, 2011

Adebayor has proved a success so far during his season-long loan deal from Manchester City and has declared he has no interest in returning to Eastlands. The 27-year-old Togo striker has failed to hit the target in nearly two months, but Bond still views him as a valuable addition to the squad. And he insists there has been no evidence at White Hart Lane that he is a difficult player to manage, a reputation he earned at Arsenal and City. "We don't pre-judge any player. We didn't know what to expect with him, but he's been no problem to anybody," said Bond. "He trains really well and never says a word. We hope that continues at least until the end of the season. "If he continues to keep playing like he has done for us...players of that calibre are very difficult to find. He's been a big plus for us." While Adebayor has been starting every Premier League match, Jermain Defoe has been forced to view proceedings from the bench. Bond insists the England striker has demonstrated a superb attitude to slipping down the pecking order "Jermain has been extremely unlucky, but continues to train very professionally," he said. "He was in the side at the start of the season and has adapted the way he plays, getting more involved. "He's unlucky not to have played more, but Rafael van der Vaart is playing in a similar role and is the most clinical finisher around, justifying his selection. "But Jermain has been terrific and I'm sure he'll be there when we need him." Spurs have surged up the Premier League table after seven victories and a draw in their last eight games. Only goal difference is keeping them out of the Champions League places, and they have games in hand on all their rivals. Monday night's home clash with Aston Villa gives them a chance to climb into the top four and the club have been lifted by the news that Harry Redknapp should be back in charge. Redknapp underwent a procedure two weeks ago to insert two stents to unblock coronary arteries and has been recovering since, but is on the brink of a return. Bond insists it is inevitable Redknapp will feel the tension during games, but insists the 64-year-old needs football to function properly. "I expect Harry to be back on Monday night," said Bond. "I don't know if you can keep the pressure off him. When he comes back to work the pressure of the game will be there. "He won't be able to avoid it in tight matches. By and large he copes with it well. "Hopefully he'll come back in better health than he went away. "You can have your bad moments in football and think 'do I need this?', but with Harry that wouldn't last very long. "There is pressure but he's been doing it for a long time and has learnt to live with that pressure. "He loves it and would be lost without it."


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