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Pardew wants Adebayor to lead the charge against Tottenham


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By now, we've all heard Emmanuel Adebayor talking about how he'll celebrate against Tottenham if he were to score against his former club in Sunday's FA Cup tie. If Adebayor has been one thing in his career, he's been honest, so it comes as no surprise that he was up front about what he would do. His manager, Alan Pardew, is also one who isn't afraid of the banter.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Pardew basically is all for Adebayor having as happy of a homecoming for the Togolese striker.

"We are fired up and motivated for him [Adebayor]," Pardew said. "We know it will be Adebayor. It will bring his personality [out] and he will bring quality to the pitch. Spurs fans know that, I don't have to tell them that.

"Cheer him or boo him, whatever they will do, that is part and parcel of the game, part of the fabric of what we love about football. He will cope with the highs and the lows of the game.

"We want to put a performance on for him that gives him the best possible standing to bring his best game to the pitch. If he brings his best game to the pitch, he can win it."

If there is anyone out there who doesn't believe that Adebayor will bring his absolute best on Sunday, here's Exhibit A to remind you of what he likes to do to former clubs:

Now, to be fair, I don't know if we're going to get this level of insanity. Adebayor had a very ugly exit from Arsenal and he was ready to troll the heck out of his former fanbase. If you've never seen this gif above (which I think is impossible on this site), Adebayor scored at one end of the pitch, ran some 100 yards to the opposite end, and did that slide.

Pardew knows what he's doing. His team has the worst form in the Premier League since December 26 and haven't exactly been blowing the doors off teams in the FA Cup. Pardew needs something to motivate his team and rallying the troops around Adebayor's return to White Hart Lane is as good a catalyst as anything. A fully motivated Adebayor is terrifying and we know that's what we're dealing with on Sunday.