Freund: Adebayor has part to play

  • Last Updated: October 29 2012, 22:42 GMT

Steffen Freund admits Emmanuel Adebayor is unhappy, but the Tottenham assistant manager insists the striker still has a key part to play for the club this season.

Emmanuel Adebayor: Has been kept out of the team by Defoe

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor

Title Number
Appearances 10 (2)
Goals 2
Assists 1
Yellows 1
Reds 0
*Current Season

Adebayor was a big hit on loan from Manchester City last season, but after signing a permanent deal at White Hart Lane in the summer he has failed to break back in to the starting XI this term thanks to the sharp form of Jermain Defoe.

Adebayor has not started a game for the Londoners under Andre Villas-Boas and there have been reports that he is disappointed at playing second fiddle to Defoe, who has scored seven goals for club and country this season.

Villas-boas has cited back and hamstring injuries as part of the reason why Adebayor has not played as much this term, and he may miss out on Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash at Norwich as he is struggling with a stomach bug.

Freund insists the powerful hitman still has a big role to play for the team this year, however.

"Adebayor is sick today. We will have a look tomorrow (to see if he is fit for Norwich)," Tottenham's assistant head coach said.

"If you're not playing and you're injured then of course you are not happy.

"He's really sick but hopefully he will be back in time. He is one of the best strikers in the Premier League. We are happy to have him back here.

"We need every Tottenham Hotspur player. If Andre wants to rotate or change the position up front, it's good to have every player fit."

Spurs head to Carrow Road after returning to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Southampton, where Gareth Bale was the architect of his former team's downfall.

Bale has challenged his team-mates to build on the momentum gained from Sunday's win by picking up back-to-back victories against Norwich and Wigan.

"We're enjoying our football now and we're on a good run so it is good times but we just need to keep our feet on the ground and move forward," he said.

Few faces remain at Southampton from Bale's time there as, following his departure, they dropped down to third tier and at one point teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.

However, back-to-back promotions saw the club end a seven-year exile from the top flight and the Welshman was delighted to face his former club at long last.

"It was amazing to see them back in the Premier League," Bale said.

"I was fully chuffed for them when they got promoted last season and I am sure if they keep playing football like they did in the second half that they will survive in the league and kick on from there.

"It was nice to come back. I've been waiting obviously about five-and-a-half years to do so.

"It was great to come back. I've got some old friends here but the most important thing was to come here and get the job done with three points."


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