Andre Villas-Boas will try to channel Emmanuel Adebayor’s desire to put one over his former team by starting the ex-Arsenal striker when Tottenham Hotspur visit the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the
Jermain Defoe has more often than not been the spearhead of the Spurs attack under Villas-Boas but Adebayor was called on for Tottenham’s last Premier League outing, away at another of Adebayor’s former clubs, Manchester City.
Villas-Boas revealed that he believes using players against their former clubs can eke out an extra level of performance, confirming that was part of the reason why Adebayor got the nod over Defoe against the champions despite Defoe scoring a Europa League hat-trick in midweek.
“It is an important game for the club, Villas-Boas said, adding: “I suggest to make the most of it, we can use individuals’ motivations. That is why we used Adebayor also in the game versus City last week.”
Villas-Boas also pointed to the performance of Adebayor in last season’s corresponding fixture, when the Togolese was on loan at Tottenham from City and scored a penalty at the Emirates. Spurs however went on to lose that game 5-2 despite taking a two-goal lead through Adebayor and Louis Saha.
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