Pochettino wants Spurs fans to ease up on Adebayor

Mauricio Pochettino has urged sections of the Tottenham crowd to stop booing Emmanuel Adebayor for fear of affecting his whole squad, Sky Sports is reporting.

Adebayor made his return from illness, injury and compassionate leave last weekend during Spurs’ 2-1 win over Sunderland but his introduction to the action was met with jeering from some of the White Hart Lane faithful.

The Togolese striker received similar treatment from supporters upon his substitution during Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sheffield United midweek following a disappointing performance – despite being handed the captain’s armband by Pochettino.

However the Argentine believes the crowd need to get behind Adebayor for fear of adversely affecting his playing staff, urging an immediate change when Leicester visit Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend.

He said: “I think this is best because all players need to feel the support from the stands from our supporters.

“I think it’s better for him and for the team. We always need to create a great atmosphere to try to get success.”

Adebayor enjoyed a great spell of form during the second half of the season when former boss Tim Sherwood brought him in from the cold.

However he has been unable to replicate that kind of prowess in front of goal so far under Pochettino and with the rise of Harry Kane, has fallen down the pecking order, behind misfiring striker Roberto Soldado too.

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