Adios Adebayor: Palace striker expects to leave after FA Cup final

Emmanuel Adebayor

Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor expects to leave Crystal Palace after his contract runs out at the end of the season

Emmanuel Adebayor has said that he expects to leave Crystal Palace after a beautiful six months.

The former Arsenal and Spurs front-man only signed for the Eagles in January, brought in to bolster an ailing front-line that was struggling to score goals.

Adebayor has since made 12 appearances for the club, although he has only managed to chip in with one goal and one assist, having not played any competitive football for the best part of seven months following his release from Tottenham Hotspur last September.

And the Palace striker expects the same fate at the end of the current campaign.

I’ve had six beautiful months with Palace,” he told the South London Press. “Pape Souare, Yohan Cabaye, Macca [James McArthur] and Jedi [Mile Jedinak] have all talked to me a lot.

“I’d love to have played more - but that’s football. The journey will stop in May - but that’s not the end of my journey. It is just a stop. It will continue, wherever I go to.

Adebayor has only shown sparse glimpses of the form that once held him in the highest regard in English football, earning a controversial £25 million transfer from Arsenal to new-monied Manchester City back in 2009.

Since then, the Togolese forward had a spell at Spanish giants Real Madrid, before antagonising his former paymaster’s supporters even more by signing for Arsenal’s North London rivals Spurs.

Initially a success, Adebayor scored 17 goals in his maiden season on loan at the club, before joining permanently in the summer of 2012. However, after a disappointing campaign the year after, he found himself exiled to train with the youth team under Andre Villas-Boas, before Tim Sherwood rekindled his hopes at White Hart Lane with a spell in the first-team at the back end of 2014.

Whether the Palace powerhouse will start against Manchester United remains to be seen, however it does mark a positive turnaround in fortunes for a striker who was once blasted as lazy and sitting on his large wage at Tottenham.

Palace face United at Wembley on Saturday and victory would see Alan Pardew's side qualify for the Europa League.

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