Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first goal for Crystal Palace last week.
Adeabyor netted his first goal for Palace last weekend, and Alan Pardew has spoken to a press conference about the striker being able to cope against Tottenham this weekend.
AP: For whatever reason he didn't fit how Spurs wanted to go forward. He's highly motivated to do well in the game and for Palace.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) February 19, 2016
AP: It's an emotional game for Ade, so we have to protect him. We have to be the best we can be so he can have a successful day.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) February 19, 2016
AP: Adebayor will bring his personality and his quality to the pitch. He'll cope with the highs and lows of the game.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) February 19, 2016
AP: We want to give him the best possible standing to bring his best game to the pitch. And if he does that, he could win it for us.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) February 19, 2016
Adebayor agreed a deal with Palace during the January transfer window, having been released from his contract with Spurs earlier in the season.
It was clear that he was not part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at White Hart Lane, and after being released, he worked by himself to keep his fitness levels up.
Palace needed to add goals to their team, with Alan Pardew’s existing strikers failing to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis, and Adeabyor was a wise option.
He is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, with a fantastic pedigree, and he has proven he is motivated to play for clubs as soon as he signs for them.
Questions and doubts about his attitude generally come much later in his career with a team, and Adebayor proved his quality last weekend.
He scored a lovely header against Watford to pull the Premier League tie level, although Palace ended up losing by a 2-1 scoreline to the Hornets.
Palace head to Adebayor’s former home White Hart Lane this weekend in the FA Cup, and Pardew has no doubts that the striker will be able to cope with the pressures of the game, as the Eagles look to take one step closer to FA Cup success.