Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told @TalkingTHFC in a Daily Mail Q&A Session that he believes Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves praise for attempting to reintegrate Emmanuel Adebayor back into the side.
The former Premier League winner said: “the other tie (Tottenham vs. Sheffield) and I’m sure this won’t please you as a Tottenham account, but it was a touch disappointing.”
Keown continued to say: “Spurs looked solid but they didn’t move the ball quickly enough. White Hart Lane is still an odd one to work out – against Chelsea with few expectations they were incredible. When Spurs play teams they are expected to beat, they struggle.”
The former defender was quick to point out the task ahead for Spurs in the second leg: “they might enjoy more freedom at Brammall Lane but it’s such a tricky place to go. Southampton have been excellent all season but they were really unsettled at United and lost.”
Keown told myself: “it will tell us a lot about Tottenham and whether they are improving that soft underbelly they have had.”
Making over 400 appearances for London rivals Arsenal, the hardened defender has knowledge of the former Gunner striker Emmanuel Adebayor currently making his return at Spurs after time away from the squad.
Praising the Spurs boss, the Mail pundit said: “Mauricio Pochettino is a strong manager and, Spurs fans won’t like hearing this, but making Emmanuel Adebayor captain was quite commendable.”
Keown continued: “he’s put things to one side and did something big to try and encourage him to turn things around.Adebayor still looked very leggy but if Pochettino can get him fitter and encourage his game, he is an asset.”
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