Emmanuel Adebayor has never come across as the most ambitious of footballers but he has a Premier League record in his sights after joining Crystal Palace.
The Togo international, who joins Alan Pardew’s side on a free transfer, wants to become the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history.
The record is currently held by Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who netted 104 goals in a glittering nine-year spell (2004-12 then 2014-15) at the Blues.
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Adebayor is eight goals shy of Drogba’s haul and, despite not playing competitive football since May 2015, says breaking the record would be the “best thing that’s ever happened” in his career.
The 31-year-old was released by Tottenham in September after Mauricio Pochettino admitted he didn’t have a future at the north London club.
The former Arsenal striker said: “What I have achieved in football so far, I’m quite happy with," reported FourFourTwo.
“If I can beat the record it would be the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my career, if not I will still be happy. The most important thing as a striker will be to score goals.”
Adebayor’s effort has been called into question throughout his career but Palace have a glaring problem with scoring goals and signing a player with Premier League experience should prove beneficial.
Pardew’s side have failed to hit the target in five of their last six league games and only West Brom, Swansea and Aston Villa have scored fewer than Palace’s 24 goals.
Remarkably, not one Palace striker has scored from open-play this season.
Adebayor, who also lists Real Madrid among his former employers, could be thrust straight into the line-up for this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Stoke. Connor Wickham faces a three-game suspension after the FA charged him with violent conduct for catching Jan Vertonghen in the face with an elbow.