Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that Adebayor won’t be allowed to leave in January.
Emmanuel Adebayor is yet to make a start this season for Spurs. The former Manchester City striker was permanently signed in the summer after his successful loan spell at White Hart Lane last season. The Togolese striker suffered from a hamstring injury at the start of the season, but since returning to full fitness he has been limited to role of a substitute in the four appearances he had made so far.
Recent media reports suggested that the Adebayor is willing to leave the club after growing increasingly disillusioned about his future under manager Andre Villas-Boas. But AVB has squashed those rumours saying that the club won’t allow anyone to leave in January, the Portuguese manager also revealed that Adebayor is ‘comfortable’ with his situation at the club.
“Every player wants to play and at the moment we’re using one striker and Defoe is doing extremely well. At the moment, Adebayor is in contention for games where we play two strikers.
“He’s done extremely well in the games that he has come on but we have not found comfort in a formation with two strikers yet. In the future when we rotate the strikers he will be back in contention. But I don’t think the club will be willing to let anybody go in January. Ade and I speak every day. Is he comfortable with the situation? Yes, I think so.” – Andre Villas-Boas was quoted in press.
Adebayor scored 17 goals and made 11 assists last season under Harry Redknapp. But the 4-2-3-1 formation used by AVB doesn’t allow the scope for Defoe and Adebayor to play together in the team. Defoe has been in good goal scoring form this season, which means the former Arsenal striker, will have to wait for his chances. Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to change his formation to accommodate two strikers in the starting eleven.