Tottenham boss Villas-Boas asks Adebayor for patience

Andre Villas-Boas has said Emmanuel Adebayor has to be patient and wait for his chance to return to the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI, according to ESPN.

Adebayor has yet to feature for Spurs this season with Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado ahead of him in the manager’s thoughts, and the former Arsenal striker said over the weekend that “he can’t get any lower” as he contends with being third choice at White Hart Lane.

But Villas-Boas has claimed Adebayor still has a future at the club – but has to wait for his name to be called with Soldado and Defoe scoring regularly. “Obviously every player counts for us,” Villas-Boas said. “We have Defoe on eight goals, Soldado on six.

Sometimes we start with a 4-4-2, then that can change to a 4-2-3-1 with one striker up front, so there is competition for places and you have to try and break your way into the team,” he continued. “No matter how hard you try the others are trying just as hard as you. So you have to be patient and wait for your opportunity whenever it arises. I think that is the nature of any top club in the country.

You look at [Manchester] City who have four strikers. Two of them play, two of them sit [on the bench]. It’s no different for us, you have to wait for the opportunity.

Adebayor moved to Tottenham from City, originally on loan, in the 2011-12 season under Villas-Boas’ predecessor, Harry Redknapp. He scored 18 goals in his temporary spell at the club and was signed permanently at the end of the season, but has since scored only eight times in 34 appearances

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