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Inside Lane: It’s just counter-productive for Spurs fans to boo Adebayor

12:28 28 January 2015

Emmanuel Adebayor (left) captained Tottenham against Sheffield United in last week's first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final

Emmanuel Adebayor (left) captained Tottenham against Sheffield United in last week's first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final

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Tottenham blogger Sarah Bassett urges her fellow Spurs fans to stop booing Emmanuel Adebayor and get behind him for the good of the team, ahead of tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane.

Emmanuel Adebayor has once again come under vocal fire from fans in recent matches.

Our estranged striker was restored to the starting line-up against Sheffield United last Wednesday, donning the captain’s armband because Hugo Lloris was rested and Younes Kaboul was on the bench.

Appointing Adebayor as vice-captain some months ago was baffling – some thought it a ploy, an incentive, for him to step up as an integral component of our outfit, yet I struggle to think of a single occasion that I have witnessed him leading or geeing up the players.

What he has described as his languid playing style looks very much like a lazy attitude and negligible presence on the pitch - and his unfamiliarity with the offside rule also does little to help his cause.

However, none of the above justifies the booing that I have heard at both games against Sheffield United and Leicester City at White Hart Lane in the last week. No team should ever boo one of their players.

I do concede that levels of frustration at certain results and performances leave us with no means of communicating our feelings other than booing at the final whistle.

There are also anomalies that can be justly individually jeered – ie. Hossam Ghaly. We all scornfully recall him tossing his shirt to the ground to express his disgust at being substituted against Blackburn Rovers in May 2007.

In a similar way that nothing can justify such an action (except perhaps a bucket load of irrational stupidity), I do not believe that anything warranted the overwhelming boos that greeted Adebayor before he had even played a minute of the match against Leicester City on the weekend. It is unfathomable and embarrassing.

Yes, the guy is ex-Arsenal and yes, I become inconceivably exasperated at some of his performances but how on earth does booing him before he even plays make sense?

I was shocked the first time during last week’s Sheffield United match. He was not the most ineffective player that day and, while that is not anything to rave about, it is nothing to boo about either.

I decided that the reaction simply came down to an unfortunate, yet understandable, manifestation of our frustration with many previous performances, combined with his peculiar, long-term absence.

However, when an even louder round of booing occurred during Saturday’s Leicester City encounter I was fuming.

Ultimately, it is simple: we want our team to perform to the best of their ability. So how would booing an individual help our cause in that FA Cup tie?

If he were to return to his previous goalscoring form then it would be those same jeering fans celebrating in the stands.

He is back now after a long absence and it is clear that Mauricio Pochettino is not going to offload him this month so let’s just pull ourselves together and get behind him for the sake of our team.

Follow me on Twitter @MissSBassett

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