By James K. Attaglo Wilson

“Since I came to this football club, the staff, the chairman, everyone are motivating me. So even if I had a difficult year last season, they still trust in me and they signed me this year.

“The thing I have to do is pay them back on the pitch and that’s what I try to do. I work hard every day and now it’s paying off. I hope it continues.”

These were the words of Ghanaian attacker – Jordan Ayew in a post match interview after his wonderful strike secured Crystal Palace a much needed 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on 31st August, 2019.

Interestingly, it was his second goal in three matches for Crystal Palace in the 2019/2020 season. The Ghanaian had already scored one more goal than he netted in 14 appearances for the Eagles while on loan a season before.

Jordan [28], has never looked back since opening his goal account against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Ghanaian trequartista took his goal tally to nine on Saturday when he calmly scored from the centre of the box in the 23rd minute against AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium having been put through by Patrick Van Aanholt’s cross into the vital area.

Palace fans were not particularly happy with the arrival of the Ghanaian striker prior to the start of the campaign having endured a tumultuous season a year before, but with eight matches to the end of the season, Jordan Ayew has proven to be the biggest bargain of the season.

Below is Jordan Ayew’s Premier League goal record goal chart this season:

Opener vs. Manchester United

Winner vs. Villa

Winner vs. West Ham

Equaliser vs. Arsenal

Winner vs. West Ham

Equaliser vs. Arsenal

Winner vs. Brighton

Winner vs. Watford

Equaliser vs. Bournemouth

Apart from being the highest goal scorer for Roy Hodgson’s side, he has become an instant scorer of important goals for the Eagles, winning much more points for the club than any other player in the team. Jordan stand the chance of breaking Andrew Johnson’s longstanding record of contributing 15 points in the 2004/05 season.

The flamboyant striker’s goal against Bournemouth put him ahead of Anthony Yeboah [24]as the highest Ghanaian goal scorer[25] in the history of the Premier League.

Below is Jordan Ayew’s Premier League goal chart:

Aston Villa – 9

Swansea City – 8

Crystal Palace [loan] – 1

Crystal Palace [permanent] – 9

The Eagles sits ninth on the league table with 42 points and could push for Europa League spot should Jordan Ayew maintain his fine form.