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As Emmanuel Adebayor joins his third London club you have to ask the question, is he really worth the trouble? The former Togo international has cut a controversial figure as a professional footballer. He has infamously had fallings out with managers, as well as a tendency to stop putting a shift in and turn off the gas after receiving a long term contract.

With these controversies, however, comes a top class player. Adebayor has 97 Premier league goals to his name and is chasing down Didier Drogba’s record of 104 league goals, the top African goal scorer in Premier League history.

What he will bring to Palace is a natural goal scorer.  Even with a sponsorship from Mansion Group – the owner of several online casinos like Mansion Casino, Eagles have been in wavering form since the turn of the year. They were sixth going into the New Year, with aspirations of Europe, but since then they have dropped into the bottom half and currently lie in 13th. The lack of a real goal scoring threat has been a big attribute to that, along with the loss of their pacey winger Yannick Bolasie.

So it seems both club and player are the perfect fit. Adebayor possess fearsome power, great technical ability and has always been a predator in the box making him a perfect natural goal scorer. He should theoretically thrive in the Palace squad, with Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha on either side of him, the team will play to his strengths.

But the striker is the sort of player who needs to be loved. His previous fallings out have always come under dubious circumstances. ‘I have the feeling you have to be Italian to be a first-team player in this side’ Adebayor said this when playing for Monaco and after losing his starting spot. He soon shipped off to Arsenal.

Manchester City and Tottenham will also tell you he doesn’t leave on the best of terms. Despite getting off to a thunderous start at both clubs, they were short lived. Infamously celebrating in front of the Arsenal fans after scoring against his former employees at the Etihad. Perhaps the start of the end for Adebayor. Then at Tottenham after a great first season scoring 18 goals in 2010/11 he fell out of favor with Andre Villas Boas and was completely frozen out under current boss Pochettino, he spent the last 5 months of his time there training with the reserves.

Alan Pardew has already recognized this, along with the club chairman Steve Parish. Both were quick to compliment the Togonese. ‘He’s a character that needs to be loved. With the group I have, he’s going to get that’ said Pardew. Parish also went as far to say that Adebayor was one of the top three players to ever play for the club.

When people talk about Adebayor they seem to forget the success he has achieved. He banged in 30 goals during his most productive season for Arsenal, convincing Manchester City to shell out £25 million for the striker. His loan move to Real Madrid also seems to go unnoticed despite helping the side win a Copa Del Rey and the first title for the club under then manage Jose Mourinho.

Although it is hard to sympathize with Adebayor who will have been taking home a weekly six figure pay packet, we do have to bear in mind he has gone through an awful lot. He survived an attack on the Togo team bus, when at the Africa Cup of Nations, which saw three of his countrymen killed.

Adebayor insists that he has nothing left to prove. His goal against Watford in Crystal Palace’s last game showed his ability and that he already feels at home with the Eagles. Despite not scoring against his old club Tottenham in the FA Cup, his all round play was instrumental. He could yet prove the catalyst to help push Palace towards an unlikely Cup triumph.

Many though the striker was somewhat of a gamble considering his past record. But the former Arsenal and Tottenham player could yet turn out to be a bargain.