Rose: Adebayor like a new signing for Tottenham

Peter Thompson
Rose: Adebayor like a new signing for Tottenham

Danny Rose says having a rejuvenated Emmanuel Adebayor in top form is like a new signing for Tottenham.

Adebayor's days at White Hart Lane appeared to be numbered when he was left out in the cold by Andre Villas-Boas. However, the Togo forward was given a lifeline when the Portuguese was sacked last month and has made the most of a second chance given to him by new coach Tim Sherwood.

Adebayor took his tally to four goals in his last five games when he scored the opener in a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year's Day. And defender Rose, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, is delighted to have the former Arsenal man leading the line once again.

"He has been like a new signing," Rose said. "Considering he didn't play a game from preseason until a few weeks ago, his energy levels have actually been brilliant. There were no questions about his attitude during his first season under Harry Redknapp and I can't speak for last season because I wasn't here.

"When I came back preseason, his attitude was fine. Obviously there was a bit of a disagreement between him and Andre but it is finished now and we are all grateful he is back in the team."

Rose also believes Sherwood's decision to play two strikers will bring out the best in Roberto Soldado, who was employed as a lone frontman by Villas-Boas.

He added: "No disrespect to Andre but playing one up front has been a bit frustrating and hard for Soldado at times. It is nice that he has got a bit of help up there with Adebayor."