Emmanuel Adebayor is far from lacking in confidence, as his comments in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s defeat at home to Bournemouth prove.
The Togo international came into the game seconds after Benik Afobe had given the visitors a 2-1 lead midway through the second half, but looked far from off the pace, which came as a surprise to many, given the time he has spent away from professional football.
He had a chance to create history in the dying seconds of the game, as the ball fell to him roughly eight yards from goal, but despite swivelling to get a low shot towards goal, he and the home crowd were left disappointed when it rippled against the side netting.
Far from your typical bustling Palace centre-forward, Adebayor is intent to only use his energy when he deems absolutely necessary, leading the line with calmness that we’re not accustomed to seeing in SE25. Far from lazy, it’s already evident that, when the ball is up for grabs in the penalty area, the big man comes alive, just as he did when presented with the opportunity to salvage a point for us under the Selhurst Park floodlights on Tuesday.
He may have only been with the club a matter of days, but we can already see that Manu likes to talk, about himself, the game and everything else in between. The interview attached above shows the former Spurs man to be someone who is extremely confident in his own abilities, as well as being sure of his reputation across the English game, both in a positive and negative light.
Remarkably quick to reflect on his past on these shores, we as fans could be forgiven for thinking that Adebayor has turned a corner in relation to his attitude, but we remain in the first stages of our time with the 31-year-old, if we are still feeling as positive about him at the end of May, we may be able to feasibly suggest that he is a different character to the one that has fallen out with previous employers.
Whatever way you view Ade, the interview itself is an extremely interesting read.