“We would say we want the best out of you so go out and score goals.
“Any player with the ability he has got is my kind of player, despite a few blips, but you deal with that.”
Alas it was not to be, with Adebayor ultimately remaining at Tottenham on transfer deadline now and now seeing out the season at White Hart Lane.
The 30-year-old has scored just two goals in 15 matches this season and with the form Harry Kane is in, it is unlikely Adebayor will get many more chances to add to that tally in the months ahead.
However, there is no doubting his talent when he is on form and Allardyce’s comments are interesting when you consider Tim Sherwood also knew how to get the best out of the striker during his own time in charge at Spurs.
Such is the West Ham boss’s obvious admiration for Adebayor that it would be no surprise if they tried to sign him again in the summer, and then there could be a very different outcome that may well benefit all concerned.