Six games - no goals: Emmanuel Adebayor's record against Lyon

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Tottenham Hotspur must decide whether to put their trust in Emmanuel Adebayor later this week when they travel to the Stade Gerland.

With the scoreline from the first leg standing at 2-1, the Europa League tie between Lyon and Tottenham is finely poised heading into this week's return  in France.

There are a few selection dilemmas awaiting Andre Villas-Boas; should he recall Hugo Lloris or persist with Brad Friedel, and his policy of playing his second choice goalkeeper in the competition.

Up front a more complex decision awaits him, does he stick with the lethargic Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese forward can be a great striker, that is what is so frustrating, but when he plays like he did against Lyon in the first leg, having just one shot - off target - and completing only 60 per cent of his passes, it's difficult to watch.

Spurs could persist with him, hoping a goal - or moment of magic, will spark him into life. With Jermain Defoe out injured they need him, it's why they shelled out on a private jet to bring him back from Africa in the first place.

A look into Adebayor's past record against Lyon isn't a good sign. As a former striker for Monaco he came up against them on five occasions, six when you include the game at White Hart Lane for Spurs last week.

In those six matches, Adebayor has failed to score or assist a single goal against the French side, winning just two of them - one being the game last week.

In fact there is no team Adebayor has faced more times in his career and failed to score against than Lyon, with the exception of Sunderland - who he hasn't netted against in eight attempts.

The problem for Spurs is their options are few in attack, but they are not completely restricted. Clint Dempsey could be asked to lead the line, or even Gareth Bale.

This would allow Spurs to put an extra man in midfield to try to nullify Lyon's attacks and hit the French side on the counter and get an important away goal to cancel out the one Lyon scored at the Lane.

If Adebayor is picked to start, then supporters will be expecting far more than he contributed in the home leg, but then again - it would be tough to do even less.

Who do you think should Spurs play up front against Lyon? 

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