KK told the Evening Chronicle: "If you look at Adebayor, what I would say to Shola Ameobi is what I saw of Adebayor a year and a half ago is what I saw of Ameobi when he first came on to the scene.
"That guy has kicked on and Shola has had injuries and other little problems, I guess, but he is 26 now and I don't think it is too late for him.
"Everywhere you go, when you see a performance like that, you can say to a player, 'He is a similar size to you. Has he more ability than you?'.
"Well, it would look so at the moment but, truthfully, Shola has a lot of stuff packaged there that has not quite come out properly yet.
"People might say Alan Shearer was dominating when he was here - of course he was, so was Thierry Henry, but Adebayor has gone straight in and filled his boots.
"That is not easy, that is almost as difficult as filling Alan's here."