Emmanuel Adebayor Slams Tottenham Fans After Stoke Boos

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on October 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly criticized Tottenham fans, and encouraged them to be more positive.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Adebayor Responds to Reports of Criticism

Emmanuel Adebayor took to Twitter with a message for fans after Monday's reports of him ripping into the club's supporters: 

Emmanuel Adebayor @E_Adebayor

I would like to clarify some recent reports in the newspapers. I have NEVER criticised Tottenham fans. I just merely suggested that it ...

Emmanuel Adebayor @E_Adebayor

... would be more positive if they got behind the team more. I love the club as do all the players in the dressing room. We would all do ...

Emmanuel Adebayor @E_Adebayor

...anything to make this team win but like most people we respond better to praise than criticism. We will get this right. Please bear ...

Emmanuel Adebayor @E_Adebayor

... with us and we will improve.

Monday, Nov. 10

Emmanuel Adebayor has criticised Tottenham fans for booing the team during the recent run of poor Premier League home performances.

Spurs have lost four of their six domestic matches at White Hart Lane this season, suffering defeats to Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United and Stoke City since Mauricio Pochettino took over. Just one loss in five away fixtures—almost a given against Manchester City—has led Adebayor to suggest the Spurs crowd are negatively affecting players in their own back yard.

The Togo international said his comments were "on behalf of all the players," as reported by the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis:

When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you. But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home. That’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. At the moment I don’t know whether we should play at home or whether we should play away.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09:  Ryan Mason of Spurs bursts upfield during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on November 9, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Adebayor also suggested, "It's kind of hard when you know the first bad ball you make the fans are going to boo you," saying "a lot of players" are finding the situation difficult to deal with.

Spurs-supporting football writer Chris Miller agrees with Adebayor's sentiment:

Chris Miller @WindyCOYS

Adebayor dropping truth bombs. Cannot disagree with a single thing he's saying, although obviously his comments will be met by negativity.

The striker himself started on the bench against Stoke, entering play with the team trailing 2-0 in the 65th minute. Nacer Chadli pulled a goal back, but Kyle Naughton's late red card reinforced the notion that Spurs struggle after completing Europa League fixtures during the week.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Manager Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs looks to the ground during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at White Hart Lane on October 29, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Wa
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Adebayor emerged as a bright spot of Tim Sherwood's short reign last season, scoring 11 goals in 21 Premier League appearances, per WhoScored.com. He has netted twice this term, but he is one of many Spurs players lacking the quality needed to produce a run at the top four. 

Pochettino indicated he isn't feeling pressure after the Stoke defeat, but he admitted "we need to find a solution very quickly," per BBC Sport. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy isn't the most patient overseer—having hired three managers since 2012—meaning the Argentinian's statement is worryingly true.

Spurs are currently languishing in 12th but are just four points outside the Champions League places. Teams such as Southampton, West Ham United and Newcastle continue to impress while Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool falter outside the elite European spots. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  Emmanuel Adebayour of Spurs and Javi Manquillo of Liverpool battle for the ba;; during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 31, 2014 in London, England.  (Phot
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This should provide supporters with hope of clawing back vital points after the international break, despite testing home ties with Everton, Chelsea and United arriving before the end of the year.

Adebayor's message is clear and underlines the importance of the so-called "12th man." Supporters' expectations are rightly set high—Spurs possess one of the division's best squads—but a fractious atmosphere is only going to deepen the side's slump in a stadium which has the potential to be a fortress.