Jordan Veretout explains why Aston Villa teammate Jordan Ayew is key to Remi Garde's side

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The two summer signings from Ligue 1 have both been ever-presents in the Villa side since the new boss replaced Tim Sherwood at the helm at the start of November.

Jordan Ayew is one of the first names on the Aston Villa team sheet currently thanks to his recent impressive performances, and that fact has not been lost on teammate Jordan Veretout.

The 24-year-old striker, who joined Villa from Ligue 1 side Lorient in July for around £8.5 million, has netted three goals in his past six Premier League appearances and earned rave reviews for his outstanding work rate and commitment.

He is clearly finding his feet after a slow start to life England, whether playing out wide or as a lone front man, and Veretout believes that the Ghana international will prove vital to the club’s efforts to turn around their season over the coming weeks.

Speaking to AVTV about his fellow summer signing, the French midfielder said: "I have been very impressed with Jordan. I think he is getting better every week - and he is scoring goals for the team and contributing a lot overall.

"Jordan is a real fighter. That's a very good quality he has. He is also very clean technically. He is excellent on the ball and has real precision with his passing - and it's also tough for defenders to get him off the ball.

"He makes very good decisions on the ball offensively too."

2015-16 Premier League GoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyTotal DribblesDribble AccuracyDuels WonDuel SuccessAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Ayew 3 0 4 81% 55 28% 56 34% 11 768

Like Ayew, Veretout also arrived at Villa Park in July after enjoying a breakout 2014-15 season in Ligue 1, recording a career-high seven goals and seven assists in 36 games for Nantes to earn an £8 million move to the Midlands.

The 22-year-old playmaker’s first few months at the club were similarly tough, as he appeared to struggle with the pace of the Premier League, but he has started to find his feet since new manager Remi Garde replaced Tim Sherwood at the helm at the beginning of November.

As well as playing every minute of his compatriot’s first four games in charge alongside Ayew, the former France Under-21 international has picked up a couple of assists from set pieces over the past two games against Watford and Southampton, and he now seems to have the confidence to show his creative side when on the ball.

“Of course, it gives me confidence,” Veretout added on his recent run in the side. “I find that, as times goes on, it’s growing little by little. I’ve got more confidence in myself and in my game.”

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