Roy Hodgson comes to defence of Jordan Ayew

Roy Hodgson comes to defence of Jordan Ayew
Jordan Ayew

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Dec 04, 2018. 09:00

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has come to the defence of Ghanaian forward Jordan Ayew.

The Black Stars attacker has yet to break his drought for the Premier League team and reports in the British media suggest that he could leave Selhurst Park.

Ayew is on loan at Palace from EFL Championship side Swansea City and has come in for criticism from the club’s fans after failing to provide a cutting edge to their attack.

"To be fair, Jordan Ayew hasn't done badly at all," Hodgson said, as quoted by Football.London.

"He has done well in the games and Alex Sorloth is coming back into some sort of form. So, at least, this year there are bodies and people competing for those places.

"This time last year, we didn't have that, and we were desperate to do something in the January transfer window because we had a shortage of forward players.

"That is no longer the case, but it is important of course for the guys at the front of our attack who will be getting the goal chances, it is important that they do start to convert those chances into goals.

"The facts are there starkly in front of us to tell me we are not scoring enough goals. It is not because we are not creating goal chances, but we haven’t been as good in front of goal as we would all like.

Hodgson added, "If we will bring in other strikers, I think it will depend on what happens with the players returning from injury.”

Ayew was an unused substitute when Palace beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday to claim their first home win of the season.

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