Tonight should bring Emmanuel Adebayor’s debut in a Crystal Palace shirt; a prospect that manager Alan Pardew is extremely excited about.
After being completely rested for Saturday’s FA Cup triumph over Stoke City, Addbayor looks absolutely certain to be part of the squad tonight at Selhurst Park, and may even start at the head of the side, given the absence through suspension of Connor Wickham.
Whilst little was known of the striker’s general fitness levels when he arrived at the club on a free transfer last week, everyone who has spoken about him since, including Pardew above, seems to have been pleasantly surprised by his match readiness.
Already known as an incredibly good finisher, Adebayor has had his mental attitude questioned by a number of pundits across the game, but if Pardew’s musings here are a decent measure of the front man’s character, we shouldn’t have too many problems between now and May.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in minor details over any deal, but the buzz in the manager’s voice when pressed for his views over what Adebayor can bring to the side speaks volumes; a large part of which has no doubt been born out of the big man’s prowess in front of goal.
Should he be able to score this evening, he would set a record as the first man ever to bag a goal on his debut for four consecutive English clubs, you can be sure that Alan Pardew wouldn’t bet against it.