I never thought I'd really get excited about Emmanuel Adebayor in any way, shape, or form, but I'm desperate.
Crystal Palace and the ancient Togolese striker agreed to terms today after long negotiations, and the striker will join the team until the end of the season.
Adebayor is actually just 31 years old, but it feels like he has been around for decades. He has been without a club since Spurs released him at the end of last season, but Adebayor has a long history in the EPL, and has played for many of the top clubs. He's got a very impressive resume, even if he is the butt end of many jokes in the EPL for being somewhat underwhelming and always a second-best option.
He played for Arsenal for 3 years, Manchester City for 3 years, went on loan at Real Madrid for a season, and then played at Spurs for some four years as well. That's quite a list of top teams.
At this stage in his career, Adebayor is nothing to really get terribly excited about. He is slow, but strong as an ox and has always had a really particular nose for goal.
And that hunger and desire to score is exactly what Palace need.
After they started the season so strongly, Palace have really struggled since the Christmas period. They have picked up just 2 points total in their past 6 league matches and in that period they have scored a grand total of 1 goal.
This is a team desperate for a striker, and Ade fills that role.
Connor Wickham was brought into get goals, and he has worked hard, but does not seem to be developing into the goal-getter that everyone hoped. Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Frazier Campbell have not been even close to good enough and enough is enough.
With great service coming from the wings by emerging stars Wilf Zaha and Yannick Bolasie, not to mention a real strength through the middle with Yohan Cabaye and a very solid defense led by Scott Dann and Damien Delaney, Palace have it in them to be a really good side. We saw how well they can play when they racked up points in the first half of the season, and I see no reason they can't recapture that form.
They have suffered lots of injuries, but many of their players are back or nearing their return. This could be the cusp of a change in form for the Eagles.
I'm thrilled about the Adebayor signing. He can immediately help a side that needs a jolt of energy and experience.