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Emmanuel Adebayor has never fulfilled his considerable potential.

Should Premier League clubs gamble on Emmanuel Adebayor?

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According to the Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace are reportedly considering a move for striker Emmanuel Adebayor. 

Following the London club's 1-0 loss to relegation strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday, Alan Pardew appears keen to inject some extra firepower into his side.

Adebayor's former manager Harry Redknapp, in his column for the Evening Standard, argued that it is a "no-brainer" for Palace, or almost any Premier League side to take the striker on in the short-term. But is he right?

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He has always had talent

Whatever football fans may think of Adebayor even the most ardent supporters would surely admit that the forward has talent.

Throughout his time at Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and even for a short period at Real Madrid, the Togolese striker has always been able to find the net

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Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland - Premier League

Whilst at Arsenal, Adebayor chalked up 46 league goals in just 86 starts as an emerging talent. His subsequent move to Manchester undoubtedly left a sour taste for many of the Gunners fans, with the move not proving a particular success - Adebayor only lasted 18 months.

However; despite a very public falling out with manager Roberto Mancini, Adebayor still recorded 15 league goals in just 27 starts. Though not prolific and definitely not befitting his £25 million transfer fee, the striker did enough to persuade Jose Mourinho to take him on a short-term loan at Real Madrid.

During his subsequent four-year spell at Tottenham, Adebayor remained largely inconsistent but did thrive under the watch of interim manager Tim Sherwood - he scored 14 goals during Sherwood's six months in charge.

It always goes wrong for him somehow

With his high wages, joy at winding people up - he famously sprinted the length of the field to celebrate in front of the travelling Arsenal fans after scoring for Manchester City - and tendency to up his game when a new contract is on the table, Adebayor has always divided opinion.

Numerous managers have deemed the former Togolese captain surplus to requirements making him a laughing stock with PaddyPower:

Manchester City paid Adebayor a reported £4 million over two years to play for Spurs, whilst current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to hand him a squad number at the start of this season.

It is also worth considering that Adebayor at nearly 32, has not played a Premier League game since May last year and this, coupled with his existing reputation as being unreliable, will ward some people off. 

Verdict

For a club like Palace, who are safe from relegation and looking to threaten the European spots, as long as they can agree a wage, this deal makes sense.

Connor Wickham is a good hold-up player, but with service from the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Yohan Cabaye and Wilfried Zaha, he should have more than one league goal this season. 

Redknapp's assertion, however, that any of "Swansea, Norwich, Sunderland, Newcastle, Aston Villa" or even Chelsea, should take a chance on Adebayor, seems excessively bold.

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Though Villa have little to lose, with many people already condemning them to relegation, for the other clubs surely you wouldn't want to be relying on Adebayor, to guide you away from the drop. 

For Chelsea, though Diego Costa's form has been underwhelming, following today's imposed transfer ban on Athletico Madrid - where Costa was rumoured to be returning - manager Guus Hiddink has little option to back his leading forward. 

Adebayor's copybook has been blotted numerous times and he has never developed into a dependable striker, able to lead his team. 

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