The Togo international has returned from exile to score three goals in two games under interim manager Tim Sherwood, but that hasn't stopped him from speaking bluntly about the regime that saw him play just 45 minutes in the 6-0 loss to Manchester City, per WhoScored.com.
"It was difficult. When I come to train and see the team picture, which I'm not involved in, that shows me a lot of disrespect," said Adebayor, reported by BBC Sport.
Even so, the 29-year-old suggests he wasn't willing to make a fuss and would go along with measures that hinted he would be sold:
I'm a professional footballer, I had to keep my head up and I did what they asked me to do. They asked me to train with the reserves, which I did with pleasure, and they asked me to train on my own, which I did with pleasure.
So now everything is paying off. I kept doing my thing and this is my glory time. I'm very happy.
Adebayor's general play was lazy last season and he failed to capture the imagination with sloppy, uninterested performances. He looks energised since returning to first-team duties, though, and showed a great work ethic to nab a brace in the 3-2 win over Southampton.
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Villas-Boas previously revealed the experienced forward could have left during the summer, per BBC Sport, but Sherwood's decision to bring Adebayor back into the setup looks to have rejuvenated the player's career.
Although Roberto Soldado missed three key chances against the Saints, his link-up play with the tall striker remained a threat throughout the trip to St. Mary's.
The pair combined for an outrageous one-two to get Spurs back into the game with a goal that saw Soldado play a stunning cross into Adebayor, who excellently finished the move he began, as noted by Ben McAleer of WhoScored.com:
Just seen Adebayor's first goal from yesterday. Great finish from him, but the work by Soldado and cross was sublime.— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) December 23, 2013
Tottenham need a regular goalscorer to maintain pace with the Premier League's best. Adebayor's return to form is perhaps even more timely considering the January transfer window is about to open—a month that might have seen him sold had he not reminded Spurs of his quality.
Although Daniel Levy is yet to announce a replacement for Villas-Boas, Sherwood's decision to bring Adebayor back into the fray should benefit whichever figure takes over the club on a permanent basis.