Date:Tuesday October 1 2013
Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to training with the first team squad after missing the majority of pre season and more recently training with the development squad. Much has been made of his exclusion from the first team picture and it may well be totally accurate that he is effectively persona non grata, but following the death of his brother and with his absence comes the inevitable lack of fitness, is this another media punt at a story, as opposed to being fact. I use the talk that Lewis Holtby was out of the Spurs picture, but of course his reason for not being picked was due to injury as opposed to his not being wanted. Could a fit and motivated Adebayor still be a surprise addition to the first team picture?
Seeing a player regain his fitness in the reserves, is nothing new, but was that about his regaining fitness and catching up with the rest or simply him being dumped from the squad? There is the idea that his return is also a financial consideration for Spurs, as if he is seen as a squad player and in the managers squad plans, it offers a hint as his being valued and therefore retaining a sale value for Spurs. Of course he had a hugely disappointing last season, but I also felt he finished it strongly. Add to that he offers a unique option to the squad, as both Soldado and Defoe are hardly giants to boss an opposing defence. I suppose much depends on the players and his attitude. Has he come back with a hunger and desire to play football and be a valued part of the squad or is he simply back to wait for a January move, should someone offer him the right package?
I read with interest comments from a few Spurs players, and also those of Harry Redknapp, that suggest he has been great in the dressing room, as opposed to the unruly and disruptive character that fans and media like to portray. I read hear similar tales of other anti-footballers such as Nicolas Anelka, who is said to be a great character and very popular amongst his fellow WBA players and the same applied to Chelsea. Do the press prefer to have a nice selection of pantomime villains to keep the presses hot and interesting?
With Soldado and Defoe currently ahead of him and playing well. it isn't easy to see a quick return got Ade, but it only takes a week or two's impressive training and an unfortunate injury to one of the others, so see Emmanuel get his chance. if he is hungry enough, could we yet see him back up his bold claim of becoming the clubs first choice No9? I suppose the clever money is still on him leaving in January, should someone make a serious offer, but it really wouldn't surprise me to see him really fired up over the coming weeks and months, to either prove his point or to gain a decent and no doubt lucrative move away. Question is, does he still have the hunger and also the faith from his manager? I suppose we will have to wait and see...
Date:Tuesday October 1 2013
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