Togo attacker has not played one single minute for the club so far this season.
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has hinted that the north London club may surprisingly opt to utilise previously out-of-favour front man Emmanuel Adebayor up front in their huge Premier League clash with Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday afternoon, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The experienced Togo international has been an outcast at White Hart Lane all campaign long so far after Adebayor had a major bust up with Villas-Boas during preseason last summer.
As a result, the lanky striker was banished to train with the club’s reserves and has not been seen in a Tottenham shirt since, with the Portuguese instead preferring to go with big-money summer signing Roberto Soldado instead in the Premier League, and prolific England international Jermain Defoe in either the Uefa Europa League or the Capital One Cup.
However, with neither of those two forwards managing to hit the back of the net with any great regularity so far, it now seems like Villas-Boas could hand the 29-year-old a Spurs lifeline in the north west on Sunday in what would represent a major surprise.
“Ade alone or with another striker is a great player. You don’t need to teach him a lot. He knows how to behave in the different systems,” said the Tottenham boss of a player who has not featured for the north L0ndoners since they beat Sunderland at the Lane towards the back-end of the previous campaign.
“We have two performing strikers at the moment in Soldado and Defoe. Obviously Ade hasn’t had chance to get back into the team yet but I am sure that whenever that happens he will perform as well as the other ones.
“The three of them are competing extremely well in training and so our likely approach is to go with one up front.
“Its a decision I have to take regarding which one I will choose. They are very, very near each other at the moment and it can be a possibility that even Ade could play that game.
“So everything is decisions we have to take. We do not have reasons at the moment not to trust Soldado and Defoe because they have been excellent with great performances and goals. A great goal tally at the moment.
“But hopefully its a decision that’s best for the team and best for the strategy.”