Sports News of Monday, 3 December 2018
Crystal Palace coach Roy Hodgson has come to the defence of Ghana striker Jordan Ayew ahead of the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old joined the London-based club from Swansea City on a season-long loan in August, but has come under criticism after struggling to hit the ground running.
After nine games, Ayew is yet to open his goal account with the Eagles, losing his place to Andros Townsend, with reports now suggesting the club could sign another striker in January.
“To be fair, Jordan Ayew hasn’t done badly at all,” Hodgson said, as quoted by Football.London.
“He has done well in the games and Alex Sorloth is coming back into some sort of form. So, at least, this year there are bodies and people competing for those places. This time last year, we didn’t have that, and we were desperate to do something in the January transfer window, because we had a shortage of forward players.
“That is no longer the case, but it is important of course for the guys at the front of our attack who will be getting the goal chances, it is important that they do start to convert those chances into goals.
“The facts are there starkly in front of us to tell me we are not scoring enough goals. It is not because we are not creating goal chances, but we haven’t been as good in front of goal as we would all like. If we will bring in other strikers, I think it will depend on what happens with the players returning from injury,” he added.
Ayew was an unused substitute when Palace defeated Burnley 2-0 on Saturday to end their run of seven games without a win.