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Considering Adebayor's performance, it was interesting to note on Thursday that Harry Kane has been sent out on loan to Leicester City for the remainder of the season.
The young striker also signed a contract extension—the hope is that he will gain more useful experience following his fruitful spell in The Championship with Millwall last year.
The move has left Tottenham with one less striker, and one less option to call upon from the bench for the remainder of the year. It is a slightly puzzling decision considering he was recalled from Norwich City last month to boost sparse attacking options at Spurs.
Against Lyon, the North Londoners' impact off the bench in their attempt to rescue the game was minimal. Admittedly, it was a difficult situation for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey to come on into. Lyon's stout refusal to let Spurs through made it hard going for attackers like them to make a difference.
But whether it is them, Holtby, Jake Livermore or younger guys like Jonathan Obika or Tom Carroll, from here on out, Villas-Boas could do with those he brings off the bench making a genuine contribution.
There have been examples of this already this season—Holtby against Norwich a few weeks back and Dempsey off the bench against Reading. But, whoever it is, they are going to need be able to help carry the load of those starting.
On those occasions, such as Thursday, when Bale and Aaron Lennon are struggling into a game, others have to bring some to the table. It could be the difference in Spurs' progress this season, both in domestic and European competition.