Aston Villa under-23 coach, George Boateng has pleaded with Ghanaians to limit their criticism of forward Jordan Ayew, adding that we take time to get to know the rationale behind his struggles.
Ayew struggled in front of goal during the 2020/21 season for Crystal Palace, scoring just once for the Eagles. The Ghana international also netted six times for the country en route to Ghana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
In his view, Boateng believes a lack of services upfront for the striker has been the rationale behind his bluntness in front of goal.
“People should be a little bit more helpful and support Jordan rather than criticise him because it’s not easy to play for a team such as Crystal Palace because you don’t have many opportunities to score goals.” the Villa coach said in a yet to be aired interview on Citi TV’s The Tracker with Benjamin Nketsia.
“When he comes to play for Ghana, it is a whole different ball game. They are not excuses but they are reasons.
“We have to try and support more and try to understand the players.”
Jordan was expected to hit top mark for the Premier League side having bagged two awards at the end of the 2019/20 season but was far from his usual best.
With preparations already beginning to shape up, the forward will hope to win over the hearts of Ghanaians as well as fans of Palace in the upcoming season.