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Pochettino has faith in efforts of Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has so far failed to recapture last season's goalscoring form, but head coach Mauricio Pochettino insists he has been pleased with the Tottenham striker's contribution.

Much was expected from the well-travelled Togo striker this term, having impressed after being brought in from the cold by Tim Sherwood.

It gave Adebayor a new lease of life, with the front man repaying Sherwood's faith with an impressive return of 14 goals in 24 appearances.

Things under successor Pochettino (right) have not gone as well, though, with the striker only managing to find the net once despite starting all six Premier League games to date.

Adebayor was particularly ineffective in last weekend's 1-1 derby draw at former club Arsenal, but Pochettino was quick to defend his front man from criticism.

"I believe in Emmanuel Adebayor," he said. "We know always a striker maybe during some periods finds it difficult to score, but he made a lot of effort for the team.

"The more important thing is that we are convinced that he or another team-mate can arrive at the possibility to score, but I am happy with his performance.

"It is true that he knows he needs to score because a striker always lives to score, but I believe in him and have no problem."

Adebayor is likely to drop out of the starting line-up when Besiktas arrive at White Hart Lane tonight (Live ITV4 8.05).

Roberto Soldado is in line to come in as replacement for the Europa League clash, although he too has struggled for goals.

In truth, the Spaniard has failed to live up to the hype since arriving from Valencia last year and has been regularly linked with a move away from north London.

"I think we have a strong squad," Pochettino said when asked about the striker. "Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane play in the same place as a striker like Emmanuel Adebayor and have a future in Tottenham.

"I need to pick some players in different games but we believe in all the players we have."

Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue are doubts for Thursday's Group C clash, but the only definite absentee is right-back Kyle Walker.

"At the moment it is impossible to give you the date," Pochettino said when asked when Walker would return from abdominal surgery.

"It is a good recovery at the moment. We are happy but it's impossible to predict the time, when he is maybe ready to train with the team and to start to play."

Eric Dier and Kyle Naughton have filled in at right-back during Walker's absence, while DeAndre Yedlin will soon provide further competition for the role.

Fresh from an impressive World Cup, the United States full-back joined Tottenham in the summer from Seattle Sounders.

Yedlin signed a four-year deal but remained with the Major League Soccer franchise, with his arrival in north London due for either January or June.