Emmanuel Adebayor has sparked Roberto Soldado into life, says Tottenham team-mate Danny Rose

Tim Sherwood has been playing the pair together since replacing Andre Villas-Boas as manager

Danny Rose believes Emmanuel Adebayor's return to the Tottenham side has also sparked Roberto Soldado into life.

Adebayor had effectively been exiled by former manager Andre Villas-Boas, who preferred to use just one forward and attack from midfield positions.

It left Soldado isolated and struggling to justify the club-record £26million transfer fee that brought him to White Hart Lane from Valencia in the summer.

The installation of Tim Sherwood as Villas-Boas' replacement last month has triggered a dramatic series of events, with Adebayor welcomed back into the fold, doubling Tottenham's attacking contingent and offering Soldado some support.

Three wins and a draw over the festive period has underlined the value of Sherwood's tactical switch.

And whilst Adebayor's four goals in five games have captured the headlines, Soldado has been rejuvenated too.

"No disrespect to Andre but playing one up front has been a bit frustrating and hard for Soldado at times," said Rose.

"It is nice that he has got a bit of help up there with Adebayor."

However, if Soldado could be the key to Tottenham making a forceful charge at a Champions League berth, Adebayor is the unknown quantity.

The Togo man has never been the most reliable of performers, with his time at both Arsenal and Manchester City producing a mixture of brilliance and indifference.

Even during the 2-1 win at Manchester United on Wednesday, Adebayor contributed both the sublime - a pinpoint header to open the scoring - and the seemingly ridiculous - being carted off on a stretcher with nothing more than cramp.

Not that Rose is complaining.

"He has been like a new signing," he said.

"He has scored four goals in his last five games, which is brilliant for us.

"Considering he didn't play a game from pre-season until a few weeks ago, his energy levels have actually been brilliant.

"There were no questions about his attitude during his first season under Harry Redknapp and I can't speak for last season because I wasn't here.

"When I came back pre-season, his attitude was fine.

"Obviously there was a bit of a disagreement between him and Andre but it is finished now and we are all grateful he is back in the team."

With Christian Eriksen profiting from Antonio Valencia's lack of defensive nous in the full-back role, Tottenham were able to survive United's late rally and join a select group of clubs who have won in successive Premier League campaigns at Old Trafford.

It extended some outstanding form over the festive programme, which Tottenham need to take into Saturday's high-profile FA Cup showdown with north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

"The manager said before the game we had to respect the opposition and not to think it was going to be easy just because they were sixth in the league.

"We had to earn their respect and we will have to do the same thing at the weekend.

"We need to try and weather the storm, break on the counter attack and nick a goal."

PA

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas