By James K. Attaglo Wilson
In 1993, Joseph Fameye earned the tag ‘Alpha and Omega’ having scored in Ghana’s first and final games at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Japan.
Bestowing the same tag on Jordan Ayew this year would not be a crime judging from how the 28-year-old Ghanaian striker has culminated his 2019/2020 English Premier League season with Crystal Palace, winning three individual awards at the Eagles end of year ceremony – Players’ Player of the Season, Player of the Season, and Goal of the Season for West Ham winner.
The Ghanaian phenom kicked off the 2019/20 season on the right footing, scoring the first goal in Crystal Palace’s memorable 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
This is how SPORTS24GHANA.COM described the goal
The Crystal Palace attacker [Jordan Ayew] found the right space at the right time in the 32nd minute when Jeffrey Schlupp jumped higher than Victor Lindelof to put his countryman in the lane to finish low to the bottom corner of the post.
Looking very cheerful in his post match interview, the Ghanaian trequartista showed appreciation to the Crystal Palace traveling fans whiles saying that the goal was a sign of good things to come from him:
“It’s nice to hear the fans sing my name during the game. I will keep working hard and hopefully it’s just the beginning to come from me,” a happily looking Ayew said.
In fact, the second son of the soccer maestro [Abedi Pele] never looked back thereafter, exhibiting exemplary performances week in, week out, winning an astonishing ten eToro Man of the Match awards as well as two ManBetX Player of the Month trophies.
On Boxing Day [December 26, 2019], Jordan Ayew broke the internet with a breath-taking 90th minute goal [winner] against West Ham United at Selhurst Park. It was the second time he’ll score against the Hammers having scored an 87th minute goal against the Hammers in October, 2019 at the London Stadium.
Jordan Ayew in January, 2020 became only the second player in the history of Crystal Palace [48 years] to score against Arsenal, both home and away since John Craven did in the 1971/1972 league seasons.
It is worth noticing that the Black Stars striker was the main driver that drove the Eagles goals agenda in the 2019/2020 season, scoring nine goals in the process.
Beyond goal scoring, Jordan Ayew contributed 14 points to Crystal Palace course in the 2019/20 season, only Andrew Johnson [15 points in the 2004/05 season] have contributed more than the Ghanaian forward.
Jordan culminated his excellent season reminiscing of how he started, but as the provider this time around and not as the scorer, liaising up with Jeffrey Schlupp [scorer] to score as the Eagles came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw scoreline against Tottenham Hotspur, breaking their seven match losing streak.