Cooper defends Championship's big earner Ayew

Cooper defends Championship's big earner Ayew
Swansea's Andre Ayew

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Nov 29, 2020. 15:00

Ghana captain Andre Ayew’s good form is a return on investment for his speculated £80,000 weekly wage according to Swansea City manager Steve Cooper.

The midfielder-cum-striker is reportedly among the highest paid players in the English Championship and he has been one of the top performers in the league this season.

Ayew, who has played for West Ham United in the English Premier League, has netted six goals in 12 Championship matches for Swansea so far this term.

“I’ve always felt that [he’s worth his wages],” said Cooper, according to Dai Sport.

“I’ve said it many times, he’s an outstanding player and professional and a good person, too. He’s motivated to do well, but he had a setback getting injured on international duty.

“The Championship is full of really good players and Andre is up there with the best of them. He has been fantastic for us.”

Ayew, 30, is in his second spell with Swansea having played for the Welsh side in the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, before moving to West Ham.

The left-footed player signed for the Hammers for a then club record fee of £20.5 million on a three-year contract, with the option of an extra two years.

In January 2018, Ayew completed a deadline day return to Swansea for a reported £18 million rising to £20 million with add-ons until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The influential player is key to Swansea’s hopes of securing promotion to the Premier League.

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