Adebayor "not up to speed" at Crystal Palace, says Powell

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Former Crystal Palace trainee Chris Powell has criticised Emmanuel Adebayor's recent performances, hinting the club need to add another striker.

Former Crystal Palace trainee Chris Powell says Emmanuel Adebayor is currently “not up to speed” at Selhurst Park, adding that a new striker will be the top priority for the club in the summer.

Powell watched his former employers stretch their winless league run to 13 Premier League games with a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City last week – a run that has seen Alan Pardew’s men go from Europa League contenders to outsiders for relegation.

And according to South London Today, Powell is under little doubt that the lack of cutting edge is the main issue.

“The big loss, and missing link, this year is a goalscorer,” he said, “Even Sunderland have Jermain Defoe, who has got 15 goals - Palace’s top scorer is Yohan Cabaye with six. Then Scott Dann and Connor Wickham with five. You’re going to struggle.”

The Eagles signed former Manchester City and Arsenal striker Adebayor in January in an attempt to add some much-needed firepower, but the former Charlton boss says the move hasn’t worked out, with the 32-year-old netting just one Premier League goal in seven appearances.

He said: “Emmanuel Adebayor was always going to be a short-term fix. He’s not up to speed - you can quite clearly see that."

But Powell admitted Palace had left the forward too isolated in recent weeks, adding that a new striker should be top of their priorities in the summer.

"He’s playing on his own, and very rarely does he do that. He normally links up with someone.

“They are missing a striker.”

Criticism around the Togo international is likely to heighten after he was substituted at half time during the defeat to Leicester, but boss Pardew has already moved to his defence.

He told South London Today after the game: “You have got to get good ball into him and we weren’t doing that. It made him have a game where where he was not having an impact.

“We needed to have a bit more movement at the top of the pitch, it worked better for us in this game.”

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