Emmanuel Adebayor has joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer until the end of the season following his September release by Tottenham Hotspur.
Palace confirmed on Tuesday that Adebayor will now continue his eventful career at Selhurst Park:
Crystal Palace F.C. @CPFC
BREAKING: #CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of striker Emmanuel Adebayor. https://t.co/sImRJ7jlSS https://t.co/aPEoM6bPPe2016-1-26 17:27:35
The 31-year-old striker was let go by Spurs with one year remaining on his contract at White Hart Lane, as he was not in manager Mauricio Pochettino's plans going forward, per BBC Sport.
Palace are taking quite a gamble on the Togo international, as not only is he lacking match practice, but he has a chequered history involving attitude problems, per the Sun's Charlie Wyett (via Sky Sports' Sunday Supplement).
He made only 13 Premier League appearances last season for Spurs—four as a substitute—and netted just twice, per WhoScored.com.
However, during the early part of his career at Tottenham—and also in spells with Manchester City and Arsenal—Adebayor has proved himself to be a natural goalscorer.
The Premier League provided some career highlights upon the announcement:
Premier League @premierleague
Here's a taste of what @E_Adebayor can do. Excited @CPFC fans?! https://t.co/Cy5629wel42016-1-26 17:41:24
The Sunday World's Kevin Palmer believes it could be a savvy move from Palace, as he should bring an immediate influx of goals:
Kevin Palmer @RealKevinPalmer
Interesting move by Crystal Palace to sign Emmanuel Adebayor until next summer. For short term impact, he could be a useful addition #cpfc2016-1-26 16:27:15
The Times' Oliver Kay was similarly positive about the signing:
Oliver Kay @OliverKayTimes
Yes he comes with certain "baggage", and wages will be big, but #CPFC will justifiably be delighted at signing Adebayor. He'll score goals2016-1-26 17:14:17
Adebayor is reportedly fixated on reaching a career tally of 100 goals in the Premier League, having left Spurs stuck on 96, per Bleacher Report's Dean Jones:
His physicality is a dangerous weapon, and he links up well with other attackers when inserted into the right formation.
Most recently, Tim Sherwood was able to get the best out of him during his short spell as manager of Spurs in the second half of the 2013-14 season, per Opta:
15 - Emmanuel Adebayor had a hand in 15 goals (11 goals, four assists) in 20 Premier League appearances under Tim Sherwood. Reconcile.2015-7-29 12:05:38
Adebayor is undoubtedly an effective and experienced striker, but he has a lot to prove now under new manager Alan Pardew.
With his career winding down, his efforts at Palace could define his legacy either as a frustrating and troubled underperformer or as a top-end—if temperamental—striker.