Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor explains what Alan Pardew has asked to see from him

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

The 31-year-old joined the Premier League side on a free transfer during the January window.

Emmanuel Adebayor has explained that Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has asked for the experienced striker to show leadership during his time at Selhurst Park, the Daily Express reports.

The Togo international joined the Eagles on a free transfer during the January window, having left Tottenham earlier in the season (via Express). And Adebayor explained that his new manager has asked the 31-year-old to be an example to his new teammates.

"Pardew said I have to be a leader, which means I have to set an example," he said, as reported by the Express.

"Which means I have to come training on time, do my job professionally and that is what I am doing."

Pardew will be hoping that Adebayor sets the example by finding the back of the net on a regular basis, given the struggles that Palace's crop of strikers have endured this term. 

Connor Wickham's penalty against Stoke in December remains the only time that one of the club's recognised forwards has scored during the entire campaign. And while the goals from the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Yannick Bolasie were enough to help Palace into the top half of the league during the first half of the season, their current run of seven games without a win in the top flight has seen them slide down the table. 

Although Adebayor has attracted plenty of controversy during his career, the former Arsenal and Manchester City man has seemingly enjoyed his best form when he has been relied upon to shoulder the majority of the goalscoring burden. 

And with Palace's strikers struggling, Pardew will be desperately hoping that the added responsibility will once again bring the best out of Adebayor. 

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