Crystal Palace secured a thrilling 4-3 home win against West Ham on Saturday, thanks in part to the impressive performance of forward Jordan Ayew.
The Ghanaian international equalized for Palace in the 15th minute with a well-taken goal, and he continued to be a threat throughout the match.
Ayew’s contribution didn’t stop at his goal, as he was also involved in the build-up to Eberechi Eze’s decisive penalty.
Ayew’s form has been a bright spot for Crystal Palace in recent weeks, particularly since Roy Hodgson took over from Patrick Vieira on an interim basis.
The Palace manager was full of praise for Ayew after the match, highlighting the striker’s improved awareness and decision-making on the ball.
“He was always strong, he was always good at holding off challenges, he was very difficult to take the ball from and he was a good dribbler,” said Hodgson after the match.
“But he’s added to his game. He’s added the awareness of what’s around him and when maybe it’s not the right time to attempt the dribble or the turn and to do something else, which is a great compliment to him. Also, of course, he’s scored some goals.”
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have that sort of return from him in the 150-odd games I had (previously),” said Hodgson. “If he continued like [he has now], it would give him something like 12 or 13 goals a year.
“I can’t praise Jordan enough. His game has improved enormously.”
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