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

Life and Style
A teenager boy wakes up.
life
Arts and Entertainment
Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book
filmChristopher Walken, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johanssen Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale
Life and Style
food + drink
Life and Style
Playing to win: for Tanith Carey, pictured with Lily, right, and Clio, even simple games had to have an educational purpose
lifeTanith Carey explains what made her take her foot off the gas
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
A still from Duncan Campbell's hour-long film 'It for Others'
Turner Prize 2014
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hadley in a scene from ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’
musicSpandau Ballet are back together - on stage and screen
Arts and Entertainment
From left to right: Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein, Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Elliott Cowan as George Martin in 'Cilla'
tvCilla review: A poignant ending to mini-series
News
i100
Life and Style
Bearing up: Sebastian Flyte with his teddy Aloysius in Brideshead Revisited
lifePhilippa Perry explains why a third of students take a bear to uni
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Alan Sugar appearing in a shot from Apprentice which was used in a Cassette Boy mashup
artsA judge will rule if pieces are funny enough to be classed as parodies
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

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style