Adebayor: My family called me rubbish after Tottenham exile

The striker was at an all-time low after Andre Villas-Boas froze him out of his first-team plans, but is now thriving under Tim Sherwood.
Emmanuel Adebayor says his career hit an all-time low under Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham, with his own family and friends doubting his ability.

The Togo international was ordered to train with the reserves under the Portuguese after rejecting chances to leave White Hart Lane during the summer, making just one 45-minute cameo before Villas-Boas was sacked.

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.