The 24-year-old striker came off the bench at half-time to help the hosts record a 1-0 derby victory in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
Jordan Ayew finally showed Aston Villa his worth in Tuesday night’s clash with Birmingham City, producing a game-changing showing off the bench to help Tim Sherwood’s side beat their bitter rivals 1-0 in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
The 24-year-old former Lorient striker had only made three starts in four goalless appearances for the club prior to the Blues bout but he proceeded to show clear glimpses of the talent that Villa paid around £8.5 million for in the summer following his half-time introduction.
Brought on alongside Jack Grealish with the scoreline deadlocked at 0-0, the French-born Ghanaian and his fledgling teammate transformed the hosts from a sputtering side to a much more menacing outfit over the course of the second period, as the pair wreaked havoc around the attacking third with their pace, direct running, passing and movement.
Rudy Gestede’s 62nd-minute header from a Jordan Amavi cross ultimately proved enough to send Villa through to the next round of the competition but the two substitutes deserved much of the credit for helping change the tide of the match.
In Ayew’s case, his 45-minute run-out will have certainly done his confidence the world of good after his initial struggles in the Midlands and Sherwood will have to think about bringing him into the side for the weekend’s trip to Liverpool now amid the club's worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign.
With older brother Andre currently starring for Swansea City, plenty of people having been mocking Villa of late for signing the wrong sibling but, if his latest performance was a sign of things to come, then supporters will not end up too disappointed.
Here is a sampling of what the claret and blue faithful on Twitter made of his encouraging showing…
Ayew shocked me today he played class when he came on #avfc— Carles Gil (@ConcarpAVFC) September 22, 2015
Fair play to Jordan Ayew. Was very good tonight when he come on. Hopefully keeps it up #avfc— Kev (@Kevavfc1993) September 22, 2015
Jordan Ayew finally making a real impact tonight #avfc— Ben Watson (@iambenwatson) September 22, 2015
Ayew had his finger firmly pressed down on the skill button tonight. More of this please! #avfc— Dan Wesley (@Villafandan) September 22, 2015
Grealish superb but pleased for Ayew, there is obviously a good player in there and i hope he kicks on. #avfc— Jason Price (@PriceyNumber1) September 22, 2015
I've give him loads of stick thus far but Ayew was awesome tonight, did enough to start at the weekend for me! #AVFC— Rob Byers (@rob_byers) September 22, 2015
Did we swap Jordan Ayew for his brother tonight and not say anything? #avfc— Rob Westwood (@gunsforhire76) September 22, 2015
AVFC_Blog) September 22, 2015
Jordan Ayew really impressed everyone today. Good on the Lad. Perfect game to do it in #AVFC— Tom Rutherford II (@ItsOnlyTR) September 22, 2015
Ayew is a confidence player has to start Saturday #avfc— Peter Dignan (@peterdiggy) September 22, 2015
All ayew needs is a bit of confidence and he will show what he's about #avfc— . (@joshuahfisher) September 22, 2015
Ayew tonight showed the player he can be for us! #avfc— phil 1987 (@philgwilliam87) September 22, 2015
Credit where it's due Ayew was great tonight! More performances like that and he will justify his price tag & I'll eat my words! #AVFC— Chloe (@Chloe_Villa) September 22, 2015
Jordan Ayew played well, never thought Id say that, confidence boost #avfc— AdaM (@adamov_) September 22, 2015
Been critical of Ayew, but i thought he was class tonight and completely changed the game #avfc— James_C (@James_C9) September 22, 2015