This weekend’s Premier League action begins with the small matter of the north London derby on Saturday lunchtime, a fiery fixture made even more important with Tottenham and Arsenal both battling for fourth place.
Spurs will undoubtedly call on the in-form Harry Kane at White Hart Lane, but another of Mauricio Pochettino’s strikers can also stake a strong claim for a starting place against the Gunners.
Emmanuel Adebayor, who almost joined West Ham on transfer deadline day, has scored more goals in north London derbies than any other player, beating the likes of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and former Spurs favourite Gareth Bale.
Booed by some Tottenham fans in recent weeks, Adebayor wasn’t even on the bench for last Saturday’s 3-0 win at West Brom.
But, having netted 10 goals in the fixture – eight of which have come in the Premier League – the statistics suggest that Pochettino should at least consider a recall for the out-of-favour forward.
Adebayor, who played for Arsenal between 2006 and 2009, scored six top-flight goals against his current employers and another two in cup competitions before leaving for big-spending Manchester City in a £25million deal.
He joined the Gunners’ arch rivals Tottenham on loan two years later and made the move permanent in 2012, scoring twice against Arsene Wenger’s men during that time.