Charlie Nicholas talks up Emmanuel Adebayor's and Connor Wickham's partnership at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have struggled to find a potent partnership up front.

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on 13 February, that Emmanuel Adebayor is the perfect partner for Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham.

Adebayor was brought to Palace during the January transfer window, and he scored his first goal for the club in their 2-1 defeat against Watford last weekend.

The Eagles have struggled for goals this term, but Nicholas feels that Alan Pardew now has a strike partnership that he can rely on.

“This young guy, Wickham. Surely this is the opportunity to teach him,” Nicholas said. “It’s the perfect partnership in terms of they have an older guy, and a younger guy who is a bit more athletic.”

By netting against Watford Adebayor, rather remarkably, became the first Palace striker to score in open play in the Premier League.

Wickham is the only other Eagles front man to have hit the back of the net in the top flight, and his strike came from the penalty spot.

Palace’s lack of a potent scorer has harmed their chances so far this campaign and their form of late has been poor.

Although Pardew’s side look to be safely clear of relegation, they have failed to win any of their last nine Premier League matches putting them under pressure to get back on track quickly.

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