Ghana vice captain Andre Ayew kept alive his domineering performances in the English Premier League after winning a penalty and scoring an outstanding finish for Swansea City in their 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday afternoon.
26 year-old Ayew emerged top inceptor for the half-time at the Goodison Park. According to statistics, he has scored or assisted 9 of the 22 Premier League goals scored by Swansea this season (41%).
The winger, who is a target for both Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Liverpool, put his soul on the ball and won a penalty which was converted by Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 17th minute.
Jack Cork’s own-goal nine minutes later levelled the scoring for the Toffees but their fans could not enjoy their moment of comfort for long as André restored Swansea’s lead with a thunderous drive from the area.
Even his effort in the first-half attracted his international team-mate Jonathan Mensah who watched the game from the screens in France to label him the ‘beast’.
This feat achieved by Andre Ayew made him to be named ‘Man of the Match’ by one of the football leading statistics website whoscored.com voted him man of the match with a rating of 8.73 out of 10.
It was Swansea’s new manager Francesco Guidolin first match and thanks to imperious display exhibited by Ayew. This has helped Swansea city to move out of the relegation zone, thus their manager left the Goodison park with a broad smile.
Ayew made five interceptions plus two shots with one finding the target as all as completed three dribbles. He was replaced in the 89th minute by Portugal international Eder as Swansea climbed further away from the drop zone with their second win in five games.
However, Andre Ayew has given a good part of the credit for this win to his teammates at Swansea City for their efforts which mad the feat possible. This he disclosed in interview with Swansea City’s official website.
It’s a very important three points. It was a very difficult game, and we needed the points to help us out of the situation we are in,” said Ayew.
We know the second half wasn’t very beautiful on our part, but we showed a lot of spirit. We stayed in the game until the end and managed to hold our one-goal lead.
I think we kept our shape well and showed great character, which is important. “When you keep fighting and show desire, then sometimes you get a little bit of luck on your side. A few weeks ago, the chance at the end would have gone in. We need to keep this spirit. We’ve won two games and we want to go on a run now.”
The Swans had to be solid in defence to enable them to win all the points as Everton kept attacking their goal to find an equaliser late in the match.
The former Olympique Marseille talisman has now scored 2 goals in his last 3 Premier League appearances having netted 1 in his previous 9, according to WhoScored.com.