One memory from the following season that sticks out when it comes to him is not that type of player Shawcross clattering him. Funny he injured a few of ours, for someone that wasn’t that type of player. We seemed to hear that phrase quite a lot around that period of time.
Loved Adebayor for a time but he’s a prime example of wasting your talent by having ideas well above your station way too early. That became a theme at Arsenal in that period wasting the potential for big careers ala Flamini, Hleb, Song. Those guys fell by the wayside way too quickly.
As soon as his work rate dropped and his ego and status grew (30 goals, African player of the year) his level drastically dropped. The AC Milan interview was where the fans really turned on him. I’d say at times he was a bit misunderstood as well. And that terrorist attack on his national team bus really shook him up bad understandably.
When he was on it though, quality player. Volley at the Lane absolute gold, Newcastle strike belter. Should have made more on his talent. One of his earlier performances against United away in 2006 caught the eye and he was sensational the following season.