Emmanuel Adebayor - the finisher

football15 March 2023 04:30

Games/Clean sheets
Arsenal: 104/46
Manchester City: 33/15
Tottenham Hotspur: 92/35
Crystal Palace: 12/1
Premier League titles (0): None

Togo striker Adebayor spent a remarkable 11 seasons in the Premier League, playing for both North London giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as spells at Manchester City and Crystal Palace, but never lifted the league championship.

Still, he was a consistent goal-scorer, netting 97 top-flight goals in 241 appearances, almost half of them coming in the colours of Arsenal. He also chipped in with 36 assists, taking his total goals contribution to 133.
He joined the Gunners midway through the 2005/06 season for a reported £3-million and at the time was given the nickname of ‘Baby Kanu’ for his resemblance in playing style to Nigeria star Nwankwo Kanu, who was a hero of the Togolese forward.

He netted on his Arsenal debut at Birmingham City but comfortably his best season with Arsene Wenger’s team was the 2007/08 campaign when he netted 24 Premier League goals and finished runner-up for the Golden Boot behind Cristiano Ronaldo (31).

He moved to Manchester City for the 2009/10 campaign and scored 14 goals in his first season, but things turned sour and he headed on loan to Real Madrid the following year.

He returned to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, initially on loan, which raised quite a few eyebrows given how rare it is for players to turn out for both North London sides.

Adebayor spent four seasons at White Hart Lane, his first being his best with 17 goals, before he moved across London to Crystal Palace for the 2015/16 season, his last in England before he moved to Turkey and finished his playing career in Paraguay in 2020.

He did not win a trophy in England, but was runner-up in the 2007 League Cup final with Arsenal, where he was sent off, and in the 2016 FA Cup decider with Palace.