Adebayor ready to battle Soldado to be Spurs No1 striker

Emmanuel Adebayor is happy to battle Roberto Soldado for a place in Tottenham's attack.

The centre-forward insists he relishes the competition.

Adebayor told the London Evening Standard: “I am a footballer who loves competition, challenges. Remember when I signed in Monaco in 2003-2004, there were big names like [Ludovic] Guily, [Javier] Saviola, [Dado] Prso, [Shabani] Nonda, [Fernando] Morientes. But that did not bother me. I stayed, I did my thing. I’m a competitor, this is what allows me to give the best of myself. At Arsenal, there was [Dennis] Bergkamp, [Thierry] Henry and [Robin] Van Persie before me but I snatched a place.

“At Tottenham, there was already [Jermain] Defoe for years. Today, there is Soldado, who is a very good player and who I also respect very much. I hope he will score many goals for the team.

“There are stats that speak for a man in football. Today I will not tell you that I’m stronger than Soldado or Defoe or Lamela. Do a Google search, you will see the goals I’ve scored in my career.

“We are now four in the attack, I do not know who ranks first, second or third but I know at the end I will be the first and that is the most important.

“Two years ago, I was top scorer and best passer at the club. Last season was not great, it is true. I do not want to relive that this season but there is no revenge or anything. This season, I have not started yet but rest assured that when I start I will be working very hard.”

 
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