Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann believes Emmanuel Adebayor is a “world-class” striker.
Adebayor made his first start as Crystal Palace stopped the rot of five consecutive Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw at Swansea.
Eagles boss Alan Pardew had suggested before the game that the fitness levels of Adebayor, who only played a handful of games for previous club Tottenham in 2015, meant the 31-year-old could only make a cameo appearances at the Liberty Stadium.
But in the event Adebayor played 86 minutes and Dann feels the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs striker has a huge role to play as Palace seek to get their season back on track.
“He has that natural fitness, he has worked hard with a personal trainer and that tells you what type of lad he is,” Dann said about Adebayor.
“He is going to be a big player for us until the end of the season if we can use his qualities and get him into the game.
“At previous clubs he has proved he is a world-class striker and he has shown it over and over again.
“He has a point to prove and it has given us a lift to see someone like that come in with the run we were on.
“He has won things, he is a big player, and someone who the majority of defenders in this league will not want to play against when he’s on top form.
“Hopefully we can get him there as soon as possible.”