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Having welcomed table-topping Swansea to The Valley on Wednesday evening, Charlton should have braced themselves for some quality performances from a side littered with individual talent.
We detailed before the game that Lee Bowyer must pay special attention to who he chooses at left-back, as Ayew would be lining up against them and has the potential to cause real havoc.
Unfortunately, the former West Ham man was not contained.
Ayew went on to have an excellent game in south London on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old had two shots, scoring with the one that was on target, and also drew two fouls as he proved to be a troublesome opponent for the Charlton players.
The Ghana international went on to score the goal that ultimately won Swansea the game, earning them a 2-1 win and keeping them at the summit in doing so.
Despite needing to be assessed before the game, it was Charlton’s first-choice left-back Ben Purrington who was given the nod by Lee Bowyer.
The 23-year-old has started all 10 of the Addicks’ Championship games this season, but he was unable to contend with Ayew’s quality.
Purrington gave away three fouls and didn’t complete a single block, while also only making one tackle and one interception – he also had one unsuccessful touch.
The Englishman was withdrawn from the action in the 76th minute after an underwhelming display against arguably one of the best attackers in the league.
While it would’ve been tricky for most defenders to deal with Ayew on the night, Purrington’s inability to shackle the former Marseille man proved costly.