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Villas-Boas pushes Adebayor forward as Tottenham saviour

Andre Villas-Boas suggests Emmanuel Adebayor could be the key as Tottenham look to move into the final four of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Spurs were able to fight back from two goals down to produce a 2-2 draw against FC Basel at White Hart Lane last weekend with Adebayor kickstarting the comeback with a 40th minute goal.

Villas-Boas is of the belief that the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker has hit top form just in time to lead the North Londoners to victory, especially as Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are all injured.

"Adebayor has got back in the goals in our recent games and he has shown how influential he can be," AVB said.

"He's a player who is really enjoying his football; he is driven by his last goals and last performance and he is doing extremely well.

"Finding the back of the net allows him to go into the game with more confidence and I always think it's self-belief from the player, rather than anything else, that helps them improve.

"His link-up play has improved tremendously. He's been much more involved in the build of play and assisted and created so much, allowing others to flourish. He has helped Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale improve their game."

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