No Player Hungrier Than Adebayor Right Now
It is quite amazing what a new signing can do to calm social media even if it is one that not everyone was on board with.
The lead up to the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor has almost been unbearable with message direct to the official club Twitter account as well as that of chairman Steve Parish with all sorts of suggestions and accusations.
You have to think that Parish may wonder just why he makes himself so open to contact by fans when there are a minority that abuse the privilege.
Whatever you may have thought about Adebayor previously, there are plenty that have been won over by his arrival at the club and the interview with Chris Grierson on official club media site. The deal until the end of the season suits both parties but the former Spurs striker says that he is heat to enjoy his football.
There is a small matter of him only needing eight goals to draw level with Didier Drogba as the highest scoring African in the Premier League. Incentives are good. Something to work for but perhaps naively, there is a feeling that this might just work out.
If you are still reserving judgement on the 31 year old, then have a read of the article by BBC World News journalist John Bennett who talks to Togo manager Tom Saintfiet about Adebayor and how he has been spending his time since leaving Spurs in September last year.
“I think there are not many players at this moment who are more hungry to prove something than him”
Contrary to popular belief, and backed up by Alan Pardew in his press conference this week, Adebayor sounds and looks ready to hit the ground running. His goal scoring record speaks for itself, and that is the secret ingredient that Palace have been lacking of late.
Not only that, but an injection of some new blood could be the catalyst . As we have seen on social media this week, the players look in good spirits. You just have to see the image posted by Yohan Cabaye from the training ground this wee to know that.
The new addition donning the number 25 shirt will not start against Stoke in the FA Cup this weekend even though Connor Wickham begins his three match ban for violent conduct. However, William Hill football betting have Adebayor as 15/8 to score anytime which is the same price as Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh. If he does indeed score on his debut, he will continue an amazing record of doing so for every team he has played for.
There is no excuse for Wickham and his reckless use of his elbow. The clash incidentally ended up with Jan Vertonghen suffering a knee ligament injury which sees him out for a few months, possibly the rest of the season. However, shirt pulling in football is something that is rife in the game. We see it week in week out and the fact remains, if Vertonghen had not been pulling Wickham’s shirt, he may not have felt the force of his elbow.
It was just as evident at Old Trafford at the weekend in the game between United and Southampton. The Saints returned to the South Coast with all three points thanks to a debut goal from new signing Charlie Austin. On more than one occasion there were more examples of shirt pulling, particularly Chris Smalling on Virgil van Dijk. If the referee had penalised Smalling, Southampton could have had three penalties in the game.
It is just another thing that needs to eradicated from the game. While I am at it, and touching on the United game, it beggars belief that while Wickham was rightly charged for his elbow, Marouane Fellaini got away with his on Victor Wanyama.
On to this weekend and the magic of the FA Cup returns to South London as we welcome Stoke City to Selhurst Park. They travel off the back of a major disappointment in the League Cup semi-final at Anfield on Tuesday night. It will be difficult to judge what mindset that may put them in but there is no doubt that they are a tough proposition.
It would be great to reach the fifth round for the second season in succession and continue our flirtation with the cup for at least another ninety minutes.