But Adebayor has been given a new lease of life under new boss Tim Sherwood, scoring five goals in his six Premier League games since, including a double as he led the line on his own in a 3-1 win over Swansea City.
"I was right at the bottom of the hole. Even people in my own country, people from my own family, criticized me. It can't get worse than that," Adebayor is quoted as saying by The Sun. "They said, 'You're rubbish and whatever you did before in your career was luck.'
"But the new coach [Sherwood] trusted me. He gave me the keys to all the doors of the club and said, 'Do what you want to do and make yourself at home'."
Next up for Tottenham is a clash with Adebayor's former side Manchester City as the club looks to maintain its unbeaten league form under Sherwood.