Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew insists that striker Emmanuel Adebayor will still prove his worth to the team in the final few games.
The former Manchester City star was a controversial signing in the January transfer window after failing to secure a new club after being released last summer.
Adebayor scored his first goal for the club against Watford earlier this month but he was substituted during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to West Brom.
His only contribution was to pick up a yellow card but Pardew believes he will come good in the next few months.
He said: “The front two just weren’t being effective. I could have taken either of them off. But in the back of my mind, Adebayor I still think is going to be important to us.
“With a game on Tuesday night, I knew he wasn’t going to be able to do 90 minutes here and be involved on Tuesday.
“He’s missed a lot of football and the pace and the electricity and the aggression here caught him out a little bit. But he’ll learn from it.”