Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew took a chance on Emmanuel Adebayor and signed him during the January transfer window and this may just prove a master stroke.
The Togolese international is a very experienced forward having played for Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Like we know the premier league is a very tough league but with the type of CV Adebayor has – he is a risk worth taking. Palace are a very good team and Alan Pardew has made them difficult to beat with a strong defensive unit.
They can also curve teams open courtesy of their brilliant wingers in Wilfred Zaha and Yannick Bolaise but the major problem is in the goalscoring department where Sako and Campbell has struggled for consistent form this season.
At 31, Adebayor may not have the usual pace which takes him past defenders in the past but his quality in the air cannot be ignored and awareness around the 18-yard box. He can still tower above defenders and send home immaculate headers and be sure he will not be celebrating like he did against Arsenal when he scored for Manchester City some seasons ago.
Adebayor had four solid seasons at Arsenal scoring 46 goals in 104 appearances before sojourning to the Etihad to join Manchester City, weighing in 15 goals in 34 matches. His first season at Spurs he contributed 17 goals in 33 games.
Alan Pardew has taken a huge gamble on the African because he has been out of action since he was released by Tottenham not because he lost form or become a bad player but because he had a massive family problem that couldn’t be ignored.
First his brother died, then his family turned on him and the incident turned ugly when it was all out in the media but with all that behind him now, we can expect the best of Emmanuel Adebayor again.
If he is fit enough and match ready, he can become the focal point of Crystal Palace’s attack and be rest assured that the likes of Bolaise and Yohann Cabaye can provide him the service to score his way to glory again.
Adebayor, has a huge task of playing himself back into reckoning but he needs no motivation other than the feeling of becoming the all-time African topscorer in the premier league. He is eight goals shot of Didier Drogba’s record and only a few can bet against him to achieve such feat.
If, the former Arsenal man gets it right then he may just shot Crystal Palace into the Europa league at the end of this season. Palace have failed to win in their last six premier league fixtures with two draws and four loses but a win against Bournemouth on February 2, can revive their season and Adebayor can play a huge role.