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Tottenham coach intends to keep hold of Togo's Adebayor

Tottenham boss Villas-Boas says Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor is part of his plans for the upcoming period

Mohamad Mosselhi, Wednesday 24 Oct 2012
Emmanuel Adebayor
Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (R) challenges Chelsea's Petr Cech during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London October 20, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Wednesday he is keen to keep hold of Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor, revealing that the player will get his chance to play in the coming period.

The 28-year-old has expressed his displeasure over lack of playing time, having made just four substitute appearances this season. Several reports suggested he could leave the White Hart Lane in January.

"No, I don't think so. I don't think the club will be willing to let anyone go,"Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News.

Adebayor, who scored 17 goals for Spurs last season, was overshadowed by England' striker Jermain Defoe who has scored five goals in eight matches so far.  

"Obviously, every player wants to play, at the moment we are using the structure of one striker and Defoe has been doing extremely well," Villas-Boas added.

"I think Ade has done extremely well in the games where he has come in for the squad, certainly he is in contention for games where we play with two strikers.

"At the moment we haven't found the comfort in that formation yet, but in the future when we use it, when we rotate the strikers he will be back in contention."

Adebayor, who spent the last season on loan at Tottenham, signed a four-year contract with the Spurs in August.  

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