Emmanuel Adebayor ready to hit the ground running at Crystal Palace

first_imgStriker Emmanuel Adebayor is confident he will have little difficulty getting back up to match speed to help Crystal Palace kick-start their Barclays Premier League campaign. Since leaving White Hart Lane, Adebayor has been continuing his own personal training programme while in Africa in a bid to remain sharp ahead of any potential move, which is expected to see some of the reported £100,000-a-week wages for which Tottenham were still liable under the terms of his contract offset following the Palace deal. Adebayor believes he can now hit the ground running at his new team, which has failed to find the net in the l ast six league matches – and that he could even be in contention for a debut in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Stoke. “I will have a good chat with the manager to see where my fitness level is at,” Adebayor said in an interview to the club’s official website, www.cpfc.co.uk. “I have been working out every day and played a lot of games in Africa. It is not the same level, but the way I played it I played as if I was playing in the Premier League. Maybe Saturday, maybe Tuesday night, maybe next weekend, we will all know where I am.” The striker added: “Is it going to be hard? I don’t think so. I just have to get out there, play my football and enjoy myself again.” Adebayor first moved to the Premier League when he joined Arsenal from French side Monaco, and left for Manchester City in a £25million deal during the summer of 2009 before loan spells at Real Madrid and Spurs ahead of his permanent switch to White Hart Lane in August 2012. The forward’s arrival will give Eagles boss Pardew some much-needed cover in attack, with the likes of Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie both struggling for match-fitness while Connor Wickham is facing a potential three-match suspension after being charged by the Football Association for an alleged elbow in the face of Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen. Adebayor brings with him a record of 96 goals in 230 Premier League appearances so far. The 31-year-old former Togo frontman was released from his contract at Tottenham in September, and has joined the Eagles until the end of the season. Adebayor last played in the Premier League on May 3 2015, when he made a late substitute appearance against Manchester City, one of his former clubs. last_img

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