Ghana boss Avram Grant impressed by Jordan Ayew's recent Aston Villa displays

Avram Grant

The Black Stars striker has delighted his national team manager with three goals in Villa's past five Premier League games.

Jordan Ayew has stood out as arguably Aston Villa’s best player in recent weeks amid their miserable run of form, and his national team manager believes that is testament to his talent and character.

Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday lunchtime, Ghana coach Avram Grant praised the Black Stars striker for his recent performances and stressed that Villa fans have still not seen the best of him.

“He has big potential,” said the former Chelsea boss, who has managed Ayew at the international level since taking charge of Ghana in November 2014. “He’s a guy who controls the ball very well. He’s strong, has a lot of qualities and is doing very well.

“It’s not easy to perform well in a team that’s struggling, so the thing which is most important to be is all his progress – he keeps getting better and better. He’s a good striker.”

 2015-16 Premier League GoalsTotal ShotsShooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Ayew 3 17 47% 0 3 81% 49 30% 10 678

Despite Ayew scoring three goals in Villa’s past five Premier League games, Remi Garde’s side currently sit bottom of the table with just five points from 14 matches, having gone without a top-flight win since beating Bournemouth 1-0 in their season opener.

Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Watford, in which the 24-year-old netted a late consolation strike, saw the gap to 17th-place grow to seven points, and Grant believes that the midfield is not providing his 31-times capped front man and his fellow forwards with enough service.

“It’s not good for him,” the ex-Blues boss added on Ayew. “When you’re playing in a team that’s struggling, it’s not easy to perform, especially as a striker when the midfield doesn’t have a lot of confidence.

“I’m sure if the team was better, he would be better. It shows a lot about his character.”

Ayew originally joined Villa from French club Lorient in July for around £8.5 million, having netted 12 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games for Les Merlus during a breakout 2014-15 campaign.

One of four summer signings from France along with Idrissa Gana, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout, the former Marseille man endured a slow start to life in England, as he failed to score in his first four starts and three substitute appearances, but he now seems to be finding his feet.

Having established himself as new boss Garde’s first-choice striker following a run of games on the wing, the French-born forward has earned plaudits for his outstanding work rate and is fast becoming a fan favourite.

He is not ultimately the world class finisher who is going to almost single-handedly save Villa from the drop like Christian Benteke, but his recent performances suggest that he will be a vital part of their survival bid going forward.

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