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Defeat against Stoke City on Sunday was Tottenham's fourth in five home games and Adebayor believes there is a 'blockage' that is preventing new manager Mauricio Pochettino from getting his message across to the players. Photo credit: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Defeat against Stoke City on Sunday was Tottenham's fourth in five home games and Adebayor believes there is a 'blockage' that is preventing new manager Mauricio Pochettino from getting his message across to the players. Photo credit: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Defeat against Stoke City on Sunday was Tottenham's fourth in five home games and Adebayor believes there is a 'blockage' that is preventing new manager Mauricio Pochettino from getting his message across to the players. Photo credit: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Emmanuel Adebayor has risked the wrath of the Tottenham support by saying that the fans at White Hart Lane are making the Spurs squad feel unwelcome in their own home and that it has reached the stage where players no longer want the ball.

In a candid interview, Adebayor also said that it is no fun playing for Tottenham and that it will be beneficial to get away from White Hart Lane and play at Hull City in the club's next league game.

Defeat against Stoke City on Sunday was Tottenham's fourth in five home games and Adebayor believes there is a "blockage" that is preventing new manager Mauricio Pochettino from getting his message across to the players.

"It's kind of hard when you know the first bad ball you make the fans are going to boo you," Adebayor said. "When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you. But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family is not welcoming you home. That's the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go.

"At the moment I don't know whether we should play at home or whether we should play away. I was on the bench against Stoke and I could see that nobody wanted the ball.

"Right now, I think a lot of players when they put on the shirt and go out on to the pitch are finding it hard in the head."

Asked if it would help to be playing the next match away, Adebayor said: "To be honest, I think so. At least you know I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me.

"And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players.

"When you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder. So instead of booing people, which will make it even worse, I think it is sometimes better to support them and give them what they need to perform on the pitch."

Adebayor is adamant that Pochettino needs support but, after four months in the job, claimed that the former Southampton manager was struggling to communicate his demands to the players.

"Obviously all managers bring their own philosophies. This is the third or fourth manager in two or three years so we just have to stop it now being about the manager," he said.

"He's a good manager and we just have to find a way so that we can try to understand what he wants to tell us and how he wants us to play. At the moment we are not getting the message.

"At the moment there is a blockage somewhere. Maybe we can go out and win the next game 3-0 or 4-0 and that will be it - the fans will be back enjoying Tottenham again.

"Now it is not fun any more. If I make a mistake it doesn't mean I'm lazy. I will always try my best." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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