Defoe believes the manager is wrong to exclude the forward.
Emmanuel Adebayor is yet to play for Tottenham Hotspur this season after being banished to the reserves, but striker Jermain Defoe thinks that is the wrong decision.
Adebayor was criticised last term for some poor performances and following the shock death of the 29-year-old’s brother, the Togo international was away from the club for some time.
Since returning to White Hart Lane manager Andre Villas-Boas has believed it best for everyone if the attacker trains with the development squad – but Defoe disagrees.
“I don’t think it helps the team, to be honest,” the Englishman told Sky Sports.
“Someone like Mani, he’s a great player and has played for some of the top clubs in the world and is someone that we’re going to need. We will need his goals and what he brings to the team.”
Even Defoe has found getting playing time for Tottenham difficult to come by due to the arrival of £26m Spaniard Roberto Soldado.
Soldado has been preferred in the lone striker’s role by Villas-Boas and the 28-year-old has repaid that faith with four goals in five matches.
Defoe on the other hand has been brought on in three Premier League matches and is yet to find the net – although did score twice in Europa League qualification.
The striker is worried that this lack of first team action may see the 30-year-old fall out of contention for the England national side as the World Cup in 2014 draws nearer.
“In a World Cup year you have got to play, it’s as simple as that,” Defoe continued.
“To get into any England squad, it’s based on merit. So you have got to play, I understand that.”
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