Crystal Palace new signing Emmanuel Adebayor says he is already feeling the love from the Eagles’ fans and the he feels settled at Selhurst Park and has nothing to prove.
The Togolese international joined Palace as a free agent last week and made his debut as a substitute in Tuesday evening’s 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Bournemouth.
He missed a fine chance to equalize in stoppage time when snatching at a close-range chance, but the former Arsenal and Manchester City man says there are no problems with his match fitness and is well aware what his new boss Alan Pardew expects from him.
“He [Pardew] said I have to be a leader. Which means I have to set an example. Which means I have to come on time in training, do my job professionally and that is what I am doing.
“There is a bad reputation about Adebayor. But if you ask every single manager that I work under, maybe [only] one or two would say I am a bad apple in the dressing room. I am always smiling with everyone.
“The players have made it easy for me. The lads have made life easy for me.
“It is a good squad with good players and I can guarantee that the squad in the dressing room is one of the best. It makes life easier for me.
“I do not have anything to prove. I just want to enjoy my football. I have been there and done it.
“The fans already love me, so I have to do my best. I always have a smile on my face.
“I have not played a full game since May but I think have played more than these guys in the Premier League. It is quite easy to organise a game in Africa. I just had to call some of my friends and tell them I was in the mood to play football. Then we would play a proper game with proper professionals.”