Football: Spurs boss Sherwood heaps praise on striker Adebayor's contributions

Returning striker Emmanuel Adebayor (centre) was "almost unstoppable" after the Togolese scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win at Manchester United to continue Tottenham Hotspur's recent revival, manger Tim Sherwood said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Returning striker Emmanuel Adebayor (centre) was "almost unstoppable" after the Togolese scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win at Manchester United to continue Tottenham Hotspur's recent revival, manger Tim Sherwood said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Returning striker Emmanuel Adebayor was "almost unstoppable" after the Togolese scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win at Manchester United to continue Tottenham Hotspur's recent revival, manger Tim Sherwood said.

The player has flourished under Sherwood since his appointment in mid-December following the sacking of predecessor Andre Villas-Boas who had deemed the striker surplus to requirements this season.

The 29-year-old has scored three goals in four English Premier League matches since his return and Sherwood's appointment which has seen the side pick up 10 points from those matches to move ahead of United into sixth in the standings.

"We know he is a top striker and one of the best in the league and when he performs like he is at the moment, he's almost unstoppable," Sherwood told reporters.

While there is little doubt about Adebayor's talents, his attitude has often been questioned, with similar hot streaks at previous clubs Manchester City and Arsenal frustratingly drying up with concerns about his commitment.

Spurs next face Arsenal in an FA Cup third-round clash at The Emirates on Saturday with Sherwood rightly in buoyant mood.