27 Jan Adebayor hopes to make immediate impact
Striker 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.
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.
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 brings with him a record of 96 goals in 230 Premier League appearances so far.