Emmanuel Adebayor has a lot of work to do to win over the Spurs faithful
Upon his return to the Tottenham starting line-up for the first time since Novemeber 2, Emmanuel Adebayor was handed the Spurs captaincy, to much confusion for neuteral and biased fan alike. The Togo international was, for the most part, ineffective for Spurs and lasted only 65 minutes before being replaced by the equally out of favour and form striker Roberto Soldado. Before his departure, Adebayor was met with a chorus of boo’s from the Tottenham fans, frustrated by the forwards recent poor form and ill-advised media statement that he vows to stay at the North London club in the hopes of making as much money as he can. Not exactly a motivational sentiment.
Kyle Walker was treated to the warm embrace of Home and Away fans alike
Last night’s tie saw Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker face off against the boyhood club where he spent the first 13 years of his footballing life and from the second the tie kicked off, Walker was greeted with warmth and embrace from both the home and away support. Walker has been at Tottenham since he was 19 and has endured some tough times of late so the support and gratitude he received from the 35,323 fans will have been a special moment for the young full-back. Walker will be looking forward to the away leg of the tie as he steps out on the field he once called home in-front of a family who, despite Walker’s Premier League progression, still consider The Blades to be their first choice team.
Another goalless game for Harry Kane
Harry Kane’s 2013-15 campaign has been littered with crucial goals for Tottenham Hotspur but the young English forward’s last two appearances for the club that love him so dearly have yielded a baron spell for the in-form forward. After failing to find the net during Tottenham’s weekend victory over Sunderland, Kane once again was found blunt in attack and uncharacteristically ineffective. Kane and Tottenham will be hoping that the 21-year-old can return to the goal-scoring form that saw him bag a crucial brace over London rivals Chelsea not three weeks ago, before the North London side travel to Bramall Lane on January 28.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce enjoyed playing against the club he supported as a boy
Jamal Campbell-Ryce last night stepped out at White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur, a moment he will have dreamt about since his childhood. A life-long Tottenham fan, Campbell-Ryce made a good account of himself as his Sheffield United side lost a closely contested fixture, eventually decided by a Tottenham penalty. Campbell-Ryce started the tie fantastically and put Spurs full-back Ben Davis under immediate pressure, making himself a constant threat to the Tottenham back-four. Campbell-Ryce will be relishing the home tie when his beloved Spurs visit Bramall Lane in the hopes that he can build on last night’s good performance to help The Blades progress to the Capital One Cup final at the expense of the club he has followed since his youth.
Sheffield United are still in this tie
Despite their loss last night, Sheffield United are still very much in this Capital One Cup semi-final and ahead of the return leg on January 28, The Blades will be encouraged by their impressive against Premier League opponents. A goal down, courtesy of an Andros Townsend penalty, Sheffield United will need to revers the score-line to have any chance of progression to what would be an invaluable Cup final opportunity. A threat on the night, the League One side will feel that they can make home advantage work in the return leg and capitalise on Tottenham’s stuttering away form of late.
Words By Ben Fawcett