Emmanuel Adebayor has never been one to shy away from controversy, and ahead of this weekend’s trip to face Tottenham Hotspur, the big man is at it again.
Having seen his stint at White Hart Lane end in acrimonious fashion, the new Palace striker has made no secret of the fact that he will be going all out to make a major impact when he and his new teammates step out to face Mauricio Pochettino’s men on Sunday afternoon.
Whilst there will always be a section of the football watching public who instantly warn against statements of such dramatic intent prior to an event, Adebayor has always been happy to parade an enormous degree of self-confidence when discussing his own performances. He may not be able to guarantee a goal or two, but you can be sure that he’ll be pulling out all the stops to cause chaos from the moment the whistle blows.
For us, as a club in the midst of a demoralising slump in results, comments like those attached above from Emmanuel offer a sense of positivity at a time when we are all in desperate need of a lift both on and off the field. Reminiscent of the boastful nuggets that Clinton Morrison could always be relied upon to produce in his prime, there is a bullish arrogance to Adebayor’s words which usher in a degree of self-belief within a club that no managerial press conference ever could.
Here is a man who has seen it and done it at every level, talking openly about his plans to celebrate when scoring, regardless of the delicate nature of the fixture in question. He’s not interested in niceties, just the job at hand; a mantra which his teammates would do well to adopt over the next few weeks.
To some degree, we’ve lost our nasty streak since Christmas, but he’s obviously happy to bring it back and for that, we should be thankful.