Jordan Ayew talks of his amazing form this season, his father’s influence and breaking Tony Yeboah’s record

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Ghana and Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has stated he always believed he’s a good finisher.

Ayew has been in amazing form this season and he’s Crystal Palace’s top scorer with 9 goals in the Premier league.

“I’ve always thought that I was a good finisher, but sometimes you just need a bit of luck,” he told Sky Sports.

“This year, I’ve had quite a bit of luck, but luck doesn’t just come like that, you need to provoke it. I’ve been working really, really hard on that but there’s still room for improvement.”

Jordan Ayew has sometimes come under criticism, his goal scoring record for Crystal Palace has sometimes been questioned by football fans.

“When I’m on the pitch, I always give 100 percent,” he says. “If I can trackback, I will trackback. Even if I had to play in goal, I would.”

“I just want to make sure my teams wins, and I will do anything I can to help make that happen. If I do it and the team wins, I come home and I smile.

“People tell me that I don’t have the killer instinct or aggressiveness in front of goal. But I am in a team where we need to work for each point.

“I can’t just stand upfront and wait for the ball and try to take people on and shoot. There are other things I need to do and I enjoy doing them.”

Jordan Ayew, who’s the son of Ghanaian football icon Abedi Pele opened up on the influence of his famous father on his career. 

“My dad has given us so much, in everything, and not only to me, to the whole family,” Ayew told Sky Sports.”The only way we can say thank you is to perform week in, week out for him to be proud and that’s what we try to do.”

Abedi certainly keeps Ayew on his toes. “He doesn’t watch the games live because he’s a bit too anxious, so they record them and he watches them afterward,” said Ayew. 

“Then, when he’s finished, he briefs me a bit. If I’ve not done well, he tells me I’ve not done well. And if I have done well, he still tells me I’ve not done well.” 

“It drives me,” he says. “I can’t give my dad enough praise, really. He’s unbelievable and I’m lucky to have a father who knows football.”

Ayew recently became Ghana’s highest scorer in the Premier league with 25 goals, surpassing Tony Yeboah who has 24 goals.

“Tony Yeboah is massive, maybe the best striker of all-time in Ghana,” he told Sky Sports, puffing out his cheeks, “so to beat his total and get to 25 goals in the Premier League is a great achievement for me and my family.”

Ayew after a loan move at Crystal Palace in 2018 joined the club permanently in 2019, he thanked the club for having faith in him.

“I’m grateful to the whole club,” Ayew tells Sky Sports before reeling off the names of manager Roy Hodgson, assistant Ray Lewington, chairman Steven Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman.

“They are the ones who trusted me and had the belief in me to sign me permanently,” he adds. “Since I came to this football club, they have been so supportive and so good to me. The only thing I could do was just try to go on the pitch, perform and do my best for the team. Thank God, things have changed a bit for me this season.”

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