Outspoken Adebayor should look for his Spurs before speaking out
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor (13/8 with Coral for a top six finish with Spurs ) may have ruffled a few feathers after questioning Tottenham’s home support, but does he have a fair point?
Speaking after his side’s dismal 2-1 defeat to Stoke City, outspoken attacker Adebayor said: “When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you, but now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home. That’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go.”
After disgruntled supporters illustrated their ire at half time by booing their team off the pitch against the Potters, Togo international Adebayor has discussed whether the pressure on players at White Hart Lane is contributing to their disappointing results.
The 30-year-old stated: “I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win.
“So instead of booing people, which will make it even worse, I think it is sometimes better to support them and give them what they need to perform on the pitch.”
It is never pretty when fans turn on their own, and facts do favour Adebayor’s assertion that Tottenham do better on their travels, with just one league loss away this season, compared to four White Hart Lane defeats.
There is little doubt that teams feed off the confidence of their support at home. Spurs’ fans open displeasure with their team, however, at least shows they do not take poor performances lightly, and that they have higher expectations for the north London outfit.
By comparison, Adebayor has been widely criticised after reports emerged that he invited rival players into the dressing room following a defeat to Newcastle United, and was roundly slammed for a lacklustre outing against Aston Villa.
Perhaps instead of shifting the blame, Adebayor, who has stated that when his teammates “go out on to the pitch, are finding it hard in the head”, should take heed of the fans’ vocal dissatisfaction with defeat and, as vice-captain, lead by his performances. Top teams, and players, worth their salt should always be looking inwardly to fix problems on the pitch instead of seeking to absolve themselves.
Whilst it can be refreshing to hear a footballer give their honest opinion instead of trotting out the same tired lines, Adebayor may not be the best person to be dishing out advice. It is, after all, Spurs’ out-of-form frontmen that have been one of the main contributing factors to the malaise under Mauricio Pochettino.
With just two goals apiece in all competitions between them this term, Adebayor has been inconsistent at best, whilst strike partner Roberto Soldado has been missing in action.
This means the baton has fallen to England Under-21 striker Harry Kane, who now appears to be carrying the goal scoring burden by himself. Adebayor and Soldado both have years of top-flight experience and need to do more to support younger members of the side, before they find themselves pushed through the White Hart Lane exit.
Spurs fans are entitled to show their displeasure and, whilst their team would no doubt benefit from increased solidarity through this sticky patch, the squad can only win back their affections by knuckling down.
After under-pressure coach Pochettino himself even used the size of the White Hart Lane pitch to explain poor home performances, perhaps Tottenham (12/1 joint favourites to win the Europa League) fans are just tired of excuses.