Emmanuel Adebayor has never been one to shy away from controversy and now, with his career winding down in front of our eyes, he has decided to have an open dig at Crystal Palace in the press.
Having enjoyed mightily successful spells at Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, Adebayor turfed up in SE25 partway through the 2015-16 season, trumpeted by Alan Pardew as a man with the sort of quality that would see us fly up the table. In reality, he provided nothing of the sort, looking lazy, disinterested and miserable throughout the vast majority of his time in red and blue.
Regardless of the fact that he hasn’t been on our books for months, the Togo star seemingly struggled to contain his disdain for the club when speaking to the press earlier this week, suggesting rather blatantly that we represented some sort of hell on Earth for him, rather than just a well paid semi-retirement gig for a footballer who was in truth well past his sell-by date.
No doubt happy to trade on former glories rather than battle to create new memories, Adebayor’s most famous moment with us came when he was seen estimating the length of a dwarf with a tape measure on Snapchat rather than playing in the first-team. Clearly, in his warped mind, we should count ourselves lucky to have been graced with his presence but from my perspective, his comments are an absolute disgrace.
I had no problem with the club opting to bring him in at the time but in the long-run his lack of effort has probably taught us all a valuable lesson. Giving deals to ageing footballers is fine as long as their temperament is sound; in Adebayor’s case, that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
You live and learn.