Crystal Palace coach Roy Hodgson has lauded Jordan Ayew’s tenacity following his scintillating form this season.
Ayew was on target for the second consecutive time when Crystal Palace snatched a late 1-0 victory against his former club Aston Villa at the Selhurst Park.
Hodgson says Ayew’s determination and patience has been key as he kept doing his best at training even though sometimes he was not getting playing time.
“When he puts icing on the cake by scoring a goal last week and this week, then it’s happy days – there’s no doubt about that. It’s particularly happy days for him and happy days he deserves. Last season, he didn’t get many opportunities he would like to have had,” Hodgson told his club’s website.
“There were many times he found himself on the bench as a substitute and wasn’t even getting onto the field of play but never once did he stop working hard in training. Never once did he stop trying to do the right things in training. Players, like that when their moments arrive, as a coach you feel happy for them,” he added.
Ayes who joined Palace permanently this summer from Swansea City is in line for the Crystal Palace player of the month for August.