Alan Pardew has confirmed that he is looking to give striker Emmanuel Adebayor his debut for Crystal Palace when the team takes on Bournemouth in the next league outing.
The London club recently signed the player, who has been available on a bosman for quite a while. Teams have not been showing interest in signing the player due to concerns about his attitude on the pitch. However, the former Togo international remains as one of the finest goalscorers in the Premier League. It remains to be seen if the gamble taken by Pardew will pay off.
Adebayor will have to build up his match fitness quickly in order to become a regular starter for Crystal Palace. After a great first half to the season, the club has found it difficult to score goals on a regular basis and win matches. Dwight Gayle was a major factor in the club getting some brilliant results last season, but he has been injured more often than not. He has featured in only seven matches so far and his importance has been demonstrated by scoring four goals in just these matches. Adebayor is unlikely to be a short-term solution for Crystal Palace and Pardew is very keen on stressing this fact.
“Dwight got four goals in our pre-game [training match] we have on a Friday, but was injured [on Saturday]. We’ve kind of pencilled [Adebayor] in to be involved on Tuesday, so we’ll have to wait and see. I think there’s a good chance.We had a few players missing [against Stoke], lost a couple at half-time, but everybody really put in a performance at their level or above their level, and you can’t ask for more than that,” said Pardew, who has rejected suggestions that he was not considering the FA cup seriously.