Saturday 10 December 2016

'Decent signing until he gets bored of playing football' - Mixed reaction to Adebayor's Palace move

Adebayor has been without a club since he terminated his contract with Spurs in the summer

Tom Sheen

Published 26/01/2016 | 20:24

Emmanuel Adebayor has joined Crystal Palace and the reaction was... mixed, to say the least.

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The Togolese striker has been without a club since September when and Tottenham Hotspur decided to terminate his contract at White Hart Lane.

Adebayor, now 31, is undoubtedly talented, as his record of 96 goals in 230 Premier League games proves - Didier Drogba (104) is the only African player to have scored more in the division.

Crystal Palace complete free Adebayor signing

But while his statistics and back catalogue looks great on paper, his attitude and work rate often tells a different story, as fans of Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs will admit.

While Adebayor has had periods where he could claim to be among the best strikers in the Premier League, at other times he has been accused of being a greedy, lazy waste of space.

However, with Crystal Palace's current crop of strikers scoring just one league goal between them (that was a penalty) it was a risk worth taking by Alan Pardew.

"Adebayor, coming to a fantasy league near you for 3 weeks between now and May before spectacularly falling from grace," wrote one person on Twitter.

"Adebayor, when he tries, can be a great player. The problem is that he doesn't often try," wrote another.

"How the hell does Adebayor keep finding clubs stupid enough to pay him a salary? You get 1 decent month and that's it. #GreatMysteries."

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