Villas-Boas backs Adebayor to fire Tottenham to Europa League semi-final

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas believes Emmanuel Adebayor can score the goals to put the club into the Europa League semi-final, with the Premier League side needing to beat Basel in Switzerland on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.

The tie stands at 2-2 from the first-leg, potentially giving Basel the advantage on away goals and meaning Tottenham must score in the away bout. However, Villas-Boas will be without Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, three of his most effective attackers, putting the burden firmly on to the shoulders of former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Adebayor.

Adebayor has had a mixed first season as a permanent Tottenham player, having made last season’s loan spell permanent over the summer, but the Togo international has appeared to hit his stride in recent weeks, netting against Basel in the first leg and scoring against Everton on Sunday, a game that also finished as a 2-2 draw.

And Villas-Boas believes Adebayor can maintain that sort of form between now and the end of the season, starting with the fixture at Basel. “Adebayor has got back in the goals in our recent games and he has shown how influential he can be,” Villas-Boas said.

The Portuguese added: “He’s a player who is really enjoying his football; he is driven by his last goals and last performance and he is doing extremely well.

Finding the back of the net allows him to go into the game with more confidence and I always think it’s self-belief from the player, rather than anything else, that helps them improve.

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