Emmanuel Adebayor Reportedly Banished at Tottenham Due to Beanie Hat

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur warms up during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of thier UEFA Cup round of 32 match against Lyon on February 13, 2013 in Enfield, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Andre Villas-Boas' refusal to utilise Emmanuel Adebayor during his last six months at the helm of Tottenham was something that confused many at White Hart Lane, but the reason behind the striker's exile has now been revealed.

According to the Daily Mail Online's Rik Sharma, it was a beanie hat that split the pair, initiating what would become one of the more obscure divides between a player and his manager in recent memory.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester, Englan
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An excerpt from Sharma's report reads:

At the beginning of the season, the Spurs striker walked into a team meeting wearing a hat and Villas-Boas asked him to remove it; a request Adebayor declined.

Sportsmail understands the pair exchanged heated words and during the argument Villas-Boas vowed not to play the striker.

Since coming back into the fold under interim manager Tim Sherwood, Adebayor has looked rejuvenated, giving Spurs the reliable presence in front of goal they've been seeking all term.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Match winning goalscorer Emmanuel Adebayor is congratulated by Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas following the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Britannia St
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The Togo international has scored four goals and made one assist in his last five games across all competitions, per Transfermarkt.co.uk, equal to a direct influence of one goal per game.

Tottenham Strikers Premier League Goal Rates in 2013/14
PlayerPremier League GamesGoalsAssistsAvg. Goals Per Game
Roberto Soldado18540.28
Jermain Defoe12000.00
Emmanuel Adebayor5310.60
Transfermarkt.co.uk

Adebayor's latest impact came during the 2-1 win at Old Trafford on New Year's Day, the first time in Premier League history that Spurs have managed back-to-back victories at the Theatre of Dreams.

As the Premier League's official Twitter account showed, the 29-year-old has a particularly good record playing against the Red Devils in their own territory:

Sky Sports' Peter Hall recently complimented the forward for his Old Trafford performance, too:

Villas-Boas' time at Tottenham came to something of a sour end, the Portuguese boss perhaps feeling inundated by the wealth of options that came as a result of Gareth Bale's departure over the summer.

However, it's now one of the club's longer-term staples, not the likes of former club transfer record holder Roberto Soldado, who is leading the line with utmost confidence.

Villas-Boas' stint in north London wasn't the first time that keeping an entire squad happy posed an issue for the manager. His time at Chelsea was also afflicted by tense relationships with some of those within the squad.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Tim Sherwood, manager of Tottenham Hotspur encourages his team during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gi
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Beanie hat or not, Sherwood is likely to allow Adebayor to don any variety of headwear as long as he keeps Tottenham's hopes of Champions League football on an upward trajectory.

With the forward's revitalised form behind them, Spurs are now sixth in the English top flight and have gone their last four unbeaten.

In fact, it may be time that Adebayor shares his fashion secrets with some of the other out-of-shape stars at White Hart Lane.