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Emmanuel Adebayor played as a deeper targetman against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium last weekend.
He received 33 passes from his teammates during the game, with over 50 percent of them being 25 yards or longer in distance.
As Manchester City tried to assert their authority on the passing game, Tottenham were struggling to bite back without Moussa Dembele in the middle.
They couldn't keep the ball effectively, so they used Adebayor as an easy outlet. He did his job well, gave his team some semblance of rhythm and stopped Gareth Bale from becoming an isolated, frustrated figure.
When Adebayor was subbed for Jermain Defoe, however, that outlet disappeared. In 16 minutes, Defoe received just four passes, but they were long-balls to run onto as a poacher, not to hold up as a targetman.
This diagram shows the passing tendencies for both teams in the final 25 minutes of the game. City stepped up their dominance once the Togolese striker had been removed, while Spurs continued to play the same ball to a non-existant targetman.
Is it any surprise City finally broke through? Andre Villas-Boas surrendered by making this substitution.