Jordan Ayew has reserved some praise for his manager Roy Hodgson following his beautiful strike against West Ham which earned him ‘goal of the season’ at Crystal Palace.
He claimed 70.1% of votes cast by fans of the club to help him claim the accolade over Wilfried Zaha’ long-range strike against Chelsea at home.
After a poor debut season with the Eagles, many believed the former Swansea forward was on his way out of the club after clocking just one goal in 20 Premier League appearances.
However, Hodgson kept faith iwith8-year-old attacker by making his loan deal permanent which has led him to an incredible season with Palace.
“I’m very, very pleased,” he told Crystal Palace TV.
“I’m really happy. I want to thank the fans, I want to thank my family and I want to thank everyone who has supported me. And especially the manager, who has really had confidence in me this season and given me the opportunity to express myself.
“I’d like to thank the club as well: Steve Parish, Dougie Freedman, they’ve all been supportive. I can only be grateful and keep on working hard for more to come.
“It was just pure instinct. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t work and I was lucky enough that at that moment it worked.
“It was a really, really special moment because I had my family at the stadium as well. It was the day after Christmas so it was a really, really nice moment. It was one of the best nights of my life.”
Ayew scored nine goals in 37 outings for Palace in the Premier League, starting all of them and subsequently making two assists.
By: Kofi Amoah