Ghana striker Jordan Ayew confident Sochaux can beat the drop

Jordan Ayew exchanges greeting with Jibril Cisse after a match for Sochaux

Jordan Ayew exchanges greeting with Jibril Cisse after a match for Sochaux

On-loan Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew believes there is still time for Sochaux to stave off relegation from the French top-flight. 

Les Lionceaux’s 2-0 defeat of Toulouse last weekend saw it climb above Valenciennes into 18th, closing the gap to safety to five points.

It still looks a big ask for Herve Renard’s side to beat the drop but Ayew, who joined on loan from Marseille in January, is confident it can do it.

“For several weeks, we have been doing very good things,” he told L’Equipe ahead of the trip to Reims.

“Unfortunately we have not always been rewarded with the results but we really believe.

“Maintaining our top-flight place will be difficult but it is still possible. Everyone wants Sochaux to remain in Ligue 1.”

To do that, Ayew will need to produce more performances like that seen against Toulouse, when the Ghanainternational opened the scoring and provided the assist for the other.

“I think I played a good match,” he said. “Since my arrival, we have been waiting for me to be more decisive.

“I am always giving my all because Sochaux offered me the opportunity to get playing time.

“I remember when I moved on loan in January, there were people who said that I was crazy to such a poorly-ranked team, that I would have few opportunities and so on.

“I knew that I was a good choice and I do not regret it.”

Ayew will again lead the line at Stade Auguste Delaune, where Reims can welcome back midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from suspension.

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