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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson defends Jordan Ayew

By Michael Duah
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson defends Jordan Ayew
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson defends Jordan Ayew

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has jumped to the defence of Ghana forward Jordan Ayew following increasing pressure and storms of criticism.

Ayew is yet to break his Palace duck since joining on loan from Swansea City in May.

"To be fair, Jordan Ayew hasn't done badly at all," Hodgson told 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."

Ayew was not asked to removed his tracksuit in Palace’s bench when they beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday..

"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.”

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

The Eagles’ next game will be against Brighton Albion on Tuesday, December 4.

Meanwhile, Ayew will be delighted to learn that Ghana has qualified for the 2019 AFCON tournament after CAF had announced it has disqualified Sierra Leone.

Read also: Jordan Ayew needs patience & self-belief- Roy Hodgson

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