Micah Richards praises Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout

Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout have both come back into contention at Aston Villa since Remi Garde took charge.

Micah Richards has told Aston Villa’s official website that he has been impressed by the performances of Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout in recent weeks.

The two summer signings both struggled during their initial few appearances for Villa, but they have started to show their true quality lately.

The newly acquired duo have been two of Villa’s better performers since Remi Garde took charge and Richards has praised his teammates’ form.

"Even when Jordan Ayew is not scoring he is putting in a shift for the team,” Richards said. "I think that is all the fans ask for.

"He has scored some good goals and he is working hard for the team.

"I think the supporters have started to appreciate that.

"Jordan Veretout is improving all the time. The manager has stuck with him and he has put in some good displays.

"It is nice to see the lads settling and I believe they will continue improving until the end of the season."

Veretout and Ayew actually dropped out of the team towards the back end of Tim Sherwood’s reign.

They have both come back into contention since Garde was appointed though, and look set to remain in Villa’s first-team for the weeks ahead.

The pair will be determined to continue raising their game, as Villa desperately attempt to make it out of the bottom three.

The Villans have not won a league match in 15 attempts and they sit eight points adrift of safety heading into the vital Christmas and New Year period.

Garde’s men’s next match comes against fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United and another defeat would be disastrous.

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