By James K. Attaglo Wilson

As Crystal Palace manager – Roy Hodgson keeps praising Jordan ‘Phenomenal’ Ayew due to his sterling performance in the 2019/2020 English Premier League season, the Ghanaian trequartista has also commended the trainer for helping him rediscover his flamboyant form.

“People think he’s an old school manager,” Ayew said, “but my first season, I really, really enjoyed it and really, really learned a lot. That’s why I wanted to continue with the football club.

“He has made me improve in so many aspects and I’m really, really happy under him. I think the whole squad and football club is happy to have him at Crystal Palace. He’s just a fantastic manager, a great manager; a great, great manager. He has helped me so much and deserves all the praise.” the Black Stars forward told Premier League Productions.

The 28-year-old Ghanaian striker who has suddenly become scorer of important goals for Crystal Palace, scoring nine goals for the Eagles so far spoke about the work ethics of Roy Hodgson:

“He’s very organised, honest, he communicates well and, obviously, with me he’s been so good to me that I owe him a lot. I need to keep doing the job on the pitch and that’s the only way I can say thank you to him.”
After great personal AFCON performance, Jordan Ayew made his loan move from Swansea City to Crystal Palace permanent [3 years] at the cost of £2.5m on July 25, 2019.

Jordan Ayew scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 and has never looked back since then.

The 28-year-old striker further explained his two seasons so far and how the manager still had confidence in him even after a tumultuous first season.

“The first season wasn’t great but in the dressing room, in the building, the people were really, really good to me and so I really wanted to stay. My family were happy as well in London, so everything was good. On the football side, it was a bit difficult but I had confidence in myself that I could make it.

“Thanks to the football club, the manager, the Chairman, Dougie [Freedman], the staff, I think they all had faith in me and that’s why they signed me. That’s why things have changed. I’ve tried to do my best every time and when you work hard you get rewarded.

“I’ve changed a lot of things: my attitude, my desire to succeed, a bit of luck. When you work hard, you provoke the luck. I just wanted to do well this season; I came with big ambitions and things have changed but there’s still room for improvement.”

Jordan Ayew [14 points] stand the chance of breaking Andrew Johnson’s longstanding record of contributing 15 points in the 2004/05 season.