News of Emmanuel Adebayor’s arrival at Crystal Palace has prompted a generally positive reaction amongst supporters, most of whom are happy to overlook his turbulent past away from the pitch, in the hope of him scoring plenty in red and blue.
After leaving Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer of 2009, the Togo international was in a fine run of goalscoring form. Having scored in his first three games in sky blue, the front man made it four when netting against his former employers in a 4-2 win at the Etihad Stadium.
Visibly angered by what he later described as racist abuse from Arsenal fans in the away end, he scored a wonderful header before sprinting to the other end of the field to rub the travelling supporters’ noses in his moment of glory. Coins, bottles and god knows what else rained down on him, but he simply gazed back at the angry hordes, clearly revelling in their disgust.
He picked up a yellow card for his efforts and did later apologise, but you can be almost certain that, faced with the same scenario again, he’d do the exact same thing.
It is now looked upon as one of the most memorable moments in Premier League history, such were the shockwaves it created throughout the game at the time. As colourful as his past may be, I quite like the fact that we’ve got such a fiery character leading the line between now and May.
Let’s hope he pulls out a similar celebration against Stoke this weekend, albeit without the shower of debris from the stands.