Eagles boss hails Adebayor as one of top three players to have played for Palace – exclusive

first_imgSteve Parish has hailed Emmanuel Adebayor as one of the best two or three players to have ever played for Crystal Palace.The controversial Togolese striker has signed for the Eagles on a free transfer until the end of the season, having been released by Tottenham in September last year.And despite his reputation as a troublesome character who performs only in fits and starts, the Selhurst Park chairman insists there can be no doubts about his qualities.“We all know the pedigree of the player,” he said in an interview on the Sports Bar. “There are only two or three players with this pedigree that have played for Crystal Palace. We don’t sign too many players who have played for Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City.“The quality is there and that’s why we’ve taken him. Hopefully he can give us something we’ve not had for a while – which is that little bit of X Factor.”Adebayor, 31, has not played a competitive match since May 2015, but has still been collecting £100,000 a week from Spurs.And Parish insists his return to the Premier League is all to do with football – and nothing at all to do with money.He added: “We’ve spoken to plenty of people who have been in and around him and we’ve had nothing but positive reports. He’s at that stage of his career where he’s playing because he loves the game and we’re not expecting any problems.“I’ve met him a couple of times and he seems like a really nice guy. We all start with a fresh sheet of paper and, if we get out of him what we’ve seen at other clubs, we’ll be very happy.“He could probably sit around and not play and be just as well off, with the way it’s worked out with his last club, so he’s playing because he wants to play football and wants to show people he can still do it. Everyone’s interests are aligned on that score and he had no demands at all. None. It was easy [to negotiate a deal].“He doesn’t have to play to make the same money, so there’s no question he wants to perform.”Parish also admits this may not be the last arrival at Palace before the close of the transfer window next Monday (February 1).“We’d like to get someone else in,” he added. “This one [Adebayor] takes the pressure off but there are a few more possible deals we’re involved in that we’d like to try to do.”last_img read more

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