Emmanuel Adebayor has a busy summer ahead, but, to a certain extent, it won't be a happy one.

The Togo international will end the season as one of the Premier League's most prolific marksmen, but other than his inclucion in the PFA Team of the Year, Adebayor is largely empty-handed. For him, his goals are worth little without trophies at the end.

"If somebody said to me, 'you will only score 10 goals this season, but you will win the league', of course I would go for that," he told the matchday programme. "No matter how many goals I end up with, it looks like I will go on my holidays this summer empty-handed, so it's very difficult to say I am pleased with the season."

And while many of his team-mates head to Austria and Switzerland for the European Championships, the Arsenal striker will be heading home to Africa. He has matters to address both on the field, and off it.

"I have two World Cup qualifiers for Togo at the end of the month," said Adebayor. "Then I'll have my holiday afterwards, but I'll also be quite busy this summer.

"I won the BBC African Player of  the Year, so as part of that I will be travelling back to Africa for a tour to meet some young lads out there and help give them ambition. I know a lot of boys in Africa have dreams of doing what I am doing now. They saw me when I was young in Togo and they can see where I am now.

"I can show them that if I can do it, then they can too. The secret is to believe in yourself. That is the message I always say. No matter what happens, or what others say, you must believe in yourself, and also work hard.

"If you do that, you will be successful in life."

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9 May 2008