Crystal Palace’s need for more goals has been the subject of quite a bit of debate in recent months, so allow me, if you will, to throw a curveball into the discussion in the shape of Emmanuel Abebayor.
Now before you tut, roll your eyes and click off this article in a very deliberate form of an internet-based flounce, give me a minute or two of your time to put a decent case across for bringing the former Tottenham man to our homely corner of south London.
Yes, he may be a bit eccentric, and demand a rather ridiculous wage on the face of things, but he has guaranteed one thing throughout his career on these shores; goals. Whilst I’m not for a minute suggesting that we break the bank to tie the Togo international down to a five-year bumper deal, there could be an element of mileage in putting a contract on the table until the end of the current season at the very least.
Whilst there were rumours of a summer move to Aston Villa following the sale of Christian Benteke, the striker’s wage demands are believed to have presented a negotiation-ending hurdle in the tentative talks, leaving Tim Sherwood floundering before eventually losing his job a few days ago after a string of poor results to start the season.
Although it is impossible to know what Adebayor’s presence at Villa Park would have meant for both Sherwood and the club as a whole, his record of 98 goals in English football since first bursting onto the scene with Arsenal in 2006 would tend to suggest that he could have chipped in with at least three or four to aid the Villain’s cause since August.
Depending on his wage demands, which may now be smaller than they were in the summer, Alan Pardew could arguably do far worse than to consider allowing the big man into the football club on a short-term basis, lowering the element of risk attached to any formal transfer, where a large one-off fee accompanies any player’s arrival.
Am I completely off track here, or may I have a point? I won’t lie to you all, I’m not sure myself, but right now, with four strikers on our books with a grand total of zero Premier League goals between them since August, I’m searching for solutions where before I may never have looked.
Do yourself a favour and click on the link above. It will act as a poignant reminder of what Adebayor can offer a side when he’s on his game, he really is a top finisher when he’s in the mood; I’d forgotten just how good he until I watched the video earlier, even if he is a little bit on the crazy side.