Jermain Defoe’s recent form will give Andre Villas Boas a selection headache when Emmanuel Adebayor returns from injury due to his electric form this season.
The Englishman has played in every Premier League game so far but has also made appearances in the England internationals, and as a result has tallied up a goalscoring record of 6 goals in the past 8 games.
But Emmanuel Adebayor could make it very difficult for AVB when he is available for selection again due to his impact on the squad last season, being the only player in the Premier League to score at least ten goals and assist a further 10.
However, with Defoe being on point this season and being very impressive so far, it will be extremely difficult for AVB to have an excuse to drop the 29 year old.
But, with Adebayor being Tottenham’s highest earner, it means that the board will not be happy for the Togo international to be a benchwarmer for the majority of the season.
Despite this, playing Adebayor will allow Tottenham to press higher up the pitch. Currently Friedel’s long balls are restricted due to the lack of a target man, with players such as Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kyle Walker being weak for aerial challenges.
However, the main factor to consider is the speed of Tottenham which has caught out opposition so far. Adebayor leading the lines in attack would slow down the counter moves, with Defoe being much more favourable for the long pitch sprints. As well as this, the quick midfield of Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale emphasises the need to have a lightning quick striker.
So, even though Adebayor will allow Tottenham to change their game play, AVB must stick with on-form Defoe for the time being as Tottenham utilise their speed in their counter-attacks.