Emmanuel Adebayor is worth a gamble for Crystal Palace

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Harry Redknapp recently said that he saw Emmanuel Adebayor was a "no-brainer" for any Premier League club and now the Mirror are suggesting he could sign for Crystal Palace in time for their visit to the Etihad this weekend.

While it is unlikely that he would play, even if he did sign in time for the Eagles' trip to Manchester City there does seem to be a strong chance these rumours will appear true.

It was first reported in the Guardian the South London club were preparing a contract that among other conditions, included a break clause for the club should the player break any of their disciplinary rules.


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Crystal Palace are definitely a side requiring a goalscoring striker. The well-quoted statistic that only one goal scored this season has been provided by a recognised striker and are now on a run of four games without finding the back of the net suggests as much.

Adebayor is, without doubt, a proven Premier League goalscorer - having notched 96 goals in 230 appearances since signing for Arsenal way back in the 2005/06 season.

Concerns, therefore, may lie in the striker's fitness and discipline having in the past, reportedly refusing to train and been disruptive in the dressing room.

With regards to discipline, it shouldn't be too much of an issue if the reported contract clauses are to be believed. Palace are also a team with a very tight dressing room that could probably handle and possibly even improve Adebayor's temperament.

As the Togolese striker has only played 17 minutes of league football since January 2015, the greater issue lies with his fitness. Adebayor has reportedly been keeping his fitness levels up with a personal trainer, however, physical fitness does not equate to match fitness, although the only reliable test of his level is by playing in a competitive match.

If a deal is agreed, further time will be needed before we know if Crystal Palace and Emmanuel Adebayor will be a good fit, but with the various creative talents currently at Alan Pardew's disposal, they might only be a clinical striker away from becoming a very dangerous side.

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