Pardew says Adebayor is better than almost every other player to have featured for Crystal Palace

The striker joined Crystal Palace at the end of last month.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been speaking about the Eagles’ new signing Emmanuel Adebayor, with his comments later published on the club’s official website.

The Togo international had been without a club since being released by Tottenham Hotspur last summer. But he signed for Palace last week and will now be tasked with rediscovering his best form and firing the Eagles further up the table.

Palace are currently 11th in the Premier League, just one point outside the top 10, and at his best there is no doubt Adebayor will be a fine addition to Pardew’s squad.

That was something the manager himself acknowledged in his pre-match press conference on Monday.

“If I was a Palace fan I’d be absolutely overjoyed because if we get him anywhere near his best this player is of a level above most players to have ever played for this football club,” Pardew told

“You could argue that Brighty (Mark Bright) was our best striker and he can’t even lace Ade’s boots.”

That is a bold statement and it will be interesting to see how Adebayor does in the months ahead.

After scoring 168 club goals in 468 matches he certainly has the talent; the question is: does he have the temperament to prove the doubters wrong?

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