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Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor would rather play away from home

Tottenham Hotspur‘s stuttering start to the Premier League season continued with a 2-1 home defeat against Stoke City yesterday – their fourth loss in six at White Hart Lane.

The performances in front of the Spurs faithful have not been good enough, and the results have been even worse and that has led the fans to boo their own team, something Emmanuel Adebayor feels is damaging the players’ confidence.

“It might be better to play away at the moment, at least you know you are going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing, rather than our own fans.

 

“Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so. And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players.

 

“When you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder. 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.

 

“It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response.”

Spurs have played significantly better away from home this season, losing only once and have picked up more points on their travels (8) than at White Hart Lane (6).

Adebayor has started in nine of Tottenham’s 11 league games under Mauricio Pochettino so far but has failed to perform to the best of his ability, scoring just twice, but is not blaming the new manager for the side’s slow start.

“This is the third or fourth manager in two or three years so we just have to stop it now being about the manager,” the Togolese forward said.

“He’s a good manager and we just have to find a way so that we can try to understand what he wants to tell us and how he wants us to play and put that on the pitch.”

Spurs charge supporters well over £1,000 for a season ticket at White Hart Lane – the second highest amount to pay of all the Premier League clubs and only Arsenal charge more, so fans have every right to complain about performances on the pitch.

Pochettino has found himself under pressure very early on and history would suggest that no Spurs manager gets that long if things aren’t going accordingly.

Things need to improve fast, and Spurs’ next game sees them travel to Hull City in two weeks in a game that they need to win to get back on track.

What do you make of Emmanuel Adebayor’s comments?

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