Emmanuel Adebayor has been described as a “risky signing” by hundreds of pundits since he arrived at Crystal Palace last week, but his former manager Mark Hughes would have loved to take him to Stoke City.
Hughes was full of glowing praise when pressed for his views on Adebayor in this recent interview. Forget what the “experts” see and have a read of what a man who has actually managed Emmanuel thinks of the deal.
Still only 31, we should not be fooled into believing that we were the only top flight club who were keen to give Adebayor a contract. Proven goalscorers are an extremely rare commodity in the modern game and in the case of the Togo international, there is every chance that we have pulled off a serious coup.
With Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham on the big man’s CV, it’s fair to suggest that he’s mixed it with the very best players in world football over the years; a level of experience that is sure to serve both he and us well between now and the end of the season.
Having always been a cog in the gigantic inner workings of a huge football club, there is every chance that Manu will relish the opportunity to be a big fish in a slightly smaller pond than he has become accustomed to, particularly on a short-term basis. Likely to be used as a lone striker in front of a five man midfield, he will be fed the lion’s share of the chances we create, tasked simply with putting the ball in the back of the net; a job he has always loved.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take Mark Hughes’ thoughts on the matter far more seriously than almost anyone else’s.