Alan Pardew insisted he is “not scared” of “maverick” Emmanuel Adebayor, but Hatem Ben Arfa “became impossible” at Newcastle.
Pardew has revealed he tried to sign Adebayor from Monaco when he was West Ham manager in 2006, but failed in a move for the Togolese striker.
Adebayor finally joined Pardew at Palace last month, and the manager knows that inspiring the striker’s finest form could be his biggest priority.
Adebayor will face former club Tottenham in the FA Cup on Sunday, and Pardew believes that while his forward can be described as a “maverick”, he will fare better than Hatem Ben Arfa, who “became impossible” for the manager to deal with at Newcastle.
“As a manager you get different kinds of mavericks,” said the 54-year-old. “You get a rebellious maverick, a maverick who can produce a moment like Yala Bolasie. And you get characters who are mavericks. They are all different.
“They all come with different ingredients and you have to make sure you hit the right buttons with them. I like to think I am old and wise enough to try and get Ade in a position where I am getting the best out of him.
“Some mavericks you can lose, sometimes it gets away from you and becomes problematic. (Hatem) Ben Arfa up at Newcastle became impossible.
“It hasn’t happened many times in my career and I don’t think it will happen with Ade. He doesn’t strike me as that type, he strikes me as a player that needs to have faith. I am expressing that to him at this time because I do believe in him.
“I like big players, big characters. They don’t scare me, they don’t frighten me. He doesn’t scare me. I really like him. I think he is a good guy. (And) he does some good things that don’t get talked about.”