When Crystal Palace signed Jordan Ayew for £2.5m back in the summer, it did feel like quite an underwhelming signing.
The Ghana international had spent the previous campaign on loan at Selhurst Park, mustering up just a single Premier League goal in 20 appearances for the Eagles.
Despite that, Roy Hodgson and Steve Parish decided to bring the former Aston Villa and Swansea man to SE25 on a permanent basis – they have truly been rewarded for doing just that.
In 19 Premier League outings this term, Ayew has scored five times the amount of goals that he netted in 2018/19 with five strikes to his name – however, his goal tally alone doesn’t tell the whole story.
The 28-year-old’s goalscoring efforts have had a hugely significant bearing on Palace’s campaign so far.
His first goal of the season – a calmly taken strike against David de Gea at Old Trafford – helped the Eagles record a 2-1 win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
After that, Ayew scored in the next Premier League outing against Aston Villa with a brilliant solo effort, in which he jinked past Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish before slamming the ball past Tom Heaton.
Then, the Ghanaian’s next goal came against West Ham, an 87th-minute winner after Martin Kelly headed the ball into his path. Two Premier League games later, Palace’s No.9 headed past Bernd Leno to grab a point against Arsenal at the Emirates, a fixture in which Hodgson’s side were 2-0 down.
His most recent goal was arguably the best of the lot, in which he performed a roulette past a handful of West Ham defenders, switched the ball between both feet to take a few more of the Hammers’ players out of the game before chipping the ball over Roberto in the 90th-minute – it was a real Goal of the Season contender.
So, if you were to tally up the amount of points that Ayew’s goals have won Palace, you would be amazed.
Four of them have been winning goals, while another stole a point, meaning that Ayew has won the Eagles 13 points almost single-handedly.
Take away those goals and subsequent points, and Palace would be languishing in 19th place on 14 points – just one point above 20th-placed Norwich.
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Ayew may not score in every game, although when he does, it more often than not wins a point or three for the south Londoners.
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