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Emmanuel Adebayor has credited manager Tim Sherwood with helping him find his form after the striker’s two goals helped Tottenham beat Dnipro and progress in the Europa League.
The north Londoners were 1-0 down after the first leg in Ukraine and things did not look good when they conceded an away goal on 48 minutes to leave themselves needing to score three at White Hart Lane.
But Christian Eriksen’s 56th-minute strike gave the hosts a lifeline and a brace from the Togo international within four minutes of each other ensured that it was the Premier League side that advanced to the last 16.
Adebayor was generally overlooked by Andre Villas-Boas during his time in charge at the club but Sherwood has given the 30-year-old a chance to show what he can do.
He has responded in superb fashion with important goals as Tottenham sit fifth in the Premier League table and now face last year’s runners-up Benfica in the Europa League, after the Portuguese outfit overcame PAOK 4-0 on aggregate.
And the former Arsenal striker feels it is the fact that Sherwood believed in him and gave him a chance to express himself that has seen a vast improving in his performance levels.
“I’m very glad at being on the pitch, scoring goals, playing very well for my team, helping my team and I just have to keep the focus, keep going, keep playing well,” he said.
“I want to say big thanks for the new gaffer, who came in and gave me my confidence back, gave me the stage to play on.”