Adebayor overtook which Arsenal legend at the weekend?

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor overtook Dennis Bergkamp in Premier League goals scored at the weekend.

Emmanuel Adebayor's good Tottenham form continued at the weekend with a brace against Swansea, and statistically it saw him leapfrog an Arsenal legend.

Against Swansea, the Tottenham striker scored his 87th Premier League goal in the first half to go level with Gunners hero Bergkamp in total league goals scored in England. And after the break, he scored again to move one clear of the Dutch master.

What's more he did it in 203 games across eight and a half years, a strike rate of 43%, compared to Bergkamp's 315 games over 11 years - 28%, just over one goal in every 4 games. 

He has also reached that total across three clubs, arguably a harder task than turning out for a single side.

The Spurs man, who was signed for just £5 million from Manchester City, is sure to break the 100 goal barrier if he maintains the kind of form that has seen him score 5 goals in 6 league games, putting him above Ruud van Nistelrooy, Didier Drogba and Matt Le Tissier.

Adebayor himself played alongside Bergkamp for Arsenal in the 2005-06 season, and since leaving the club has become something of a hate figure for the Emirates faithful.

Of course much of the former Netherlands great's impact on match days hinged on his ability to create goals, and to bring others into the game, rather than provide purely a goalscoring option. And he was hugely successful at that, playing an integral part in the goalscoring exploits of Ian Wright, Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry.

Rather than be a genuine claim that the Togo international is actually better than the wonderfully talented Bergkamp, it merely shows that Emmanuel Adebayor hasn't had a failed Premier League career, as many like to paint.

Sure, he may have struggled to maintain his top form to the degree his clubs, and he himself, would have hoped, but the striker has for one season or another been a key striker at every one of his Premier League clubs.

And at Tottenham this year, he looks likely to turn around a difficult time at a club without having to move, a first for the bubbly targetman, and at the age of 29, may yet ensure he doesn't just beat Bergkamp's goal total, he smashes it.

Neither the statistics, or the performances, of a wasted talent. 

images: © Roger Gorączniak

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