Emmanuel Adebayor joined Crystal Palace in the January transfer window.
Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ last Saturday afternoon (February 20, broadcast from 12pm) that Crystal Palace should not hand Emmanuel Adebayor a long-term contract in the summer.
Adebayor joined Palace in the January transfer window as a free agent and has a contract until the end of the season.
“They have got to keep him incentivise,” said Cottee. “That’s the thing with Adebayor.
“What you don’t want to do, I don’t think, as Palace, you don’t want him to do well - which he probably will, will probably get seven, eight goals, nine goals before the end of the season - and then give him a two or three-year contract. Give him a year rolling contract or something.”
Adebayor is known for starting well for clubs and then fading away, and perhaps Cottee has a point.
The problem is whether the former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker will agree to that.
After all, the 31-year-old Togo international will probably want some security over his future, especially if he does well between now and the end of the season.
Palace signed Adebayor to score goals, and the former Manchester City striker has already started doing that.
The former AS Monaco man has scored one goal and created two chances in three Premier League appearances for Alan Pardew’s side so far this season.
Adebayor has a pass accuracy of 71% and a shot accuracy of 60%, and has won 10 headers, three dribbles and two tackles.