Aston Villa boss Remi Garde explains how Jordan Ayew has impressed him

Rémi Garde

The summer signing from Lorient has bagged three goals in Villa's past five Premier League games.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has praised striker Jordan Ayew for his “committed” performances amid the club’s miserable run of form.

Ayew has recovered from a slow start to life at Villa by scoring three times in their past five Premier League games, while also endearing himself to the claret and blue faithful with his impressive work rate.

The 24-year-old, whose latest goal came in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Watford, has been arguably the club’s best player since Garde replaced Tim Sherwood at the helm last month, and his new boss has been quick to highlight how vital he will be to their survival bid going forward.

Speaking to AVTV, Garde said: “I am very happy with Jordan because he is very committed to the team. He is one of the players who runs the most on the pitch, with high intensity and sprints.

“I am very happy because it’s not easy to play in his position. He has to run a lot everywhere, both defensively and offensively. For me, he has shown the right way to the other players.

“There are other [impressive] players, of course, but I would like to underline his performances. He’s scoring. He’s not getting so many opportunities but he’s got good skill in the opposition box.

“He has to carry on and show everybody that he can be a very good player.”

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

Ayew, the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele, joined Villa from French club Lorient in July for around £8.5 million, having netted a career-high 12 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games during a breakout 2014-15 season.

Joining Idrissa Gana, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Veretout as one of the club’s four summer signings from France, the Ghana international struggled during his first few months in the Midlands, as he failed to score in his opening seven appearances, but he is now starting to show the promise that earned him his professional debut for Marseille in 2009, at the age of just 18.

His recent efforts have still not been enough to lift Villa off the bottom of the table, but with so many members of the squad currently underperforming, he is at least one player who deserves some credit for injecting a bit of life into the line-up.

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