Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor is on the brink at Crystal Palace after being told he has just two games to save his fledging career at Selhurst Park.
The 32-year-old former Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid striker joined Palace as a free agent during the January transfer window and has contributed only one goal in 14 outings for the Eagles.
He arrived on a short-term deal until the end of the season with the option of a further 12 months but the club are demanding he proves himself worthy of a contract extension though Adebayor has been backed by Palace boss Alan Pardew on moral grounds.
“He’s been a good character around this place, he’s won trophies,” Pardew said.
“He hasn’t had a lot of starts but we have still got two big, big games to go (against Southampton on Sunday and against United in the Cup).
“The decision we make on Ade will be on these two big games. I think he has still got a big part to play as he’s a top player.”
Victory at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday could yet secure a 12th-placed finish for Palace.
Despite his struggles, Adebayor has been pivotal towards Palace securing their Premier League status this term and reaching next week’s FA Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.