Monday, 3rd January, 2014

Emmanuel Adebayor's resurgence at Tottenham Hotspur is striking a chord with his former mentor, though the Togolese is still expected to find greener pastures in the summer.

Adebayor had been out of favour under Andre-Villas Boas last year, but found himself in Tim Sherwood's good books following the Portuguese's dismissal.

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He has since scored five goals in eight league games and is pleasing to watch for his former FC Metz academy director, Denis Schaeffer, even if he still struggles to eradicate his bad-boy image.

It was Metz that gave Adebayor his entry into European football, with the 29-year-old going on to play for the likes of Monaco, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal.


Schaeffer insists Adebayor, who has been linked with Queens Park Rangers and clubs in Turkey, is destined to remain a journeyman, telling Inside Futbol: "I think he will finish the season at Tottenham; after that perhaps he could travel.

"He's now 30 [sic]. He has two or three years more to do. I think it's possible he could change at the end of the season.

"Manu is a wonderful player. He's a real personality but a good boy! It's not so easy, relationships with coaches can be difficult for him.

"We thought he'd be transferred in January. Now he has a second chance at Tottenham and he's the number one striker.

"He's a talented player and a really important personality. Sometimes it's difficult for him to have a good relationship with the coach. [But] you'll never change him; strikers are not so easy!"

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