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Becoming Ghana’s top EPL scorer is a great feat for me – Jordan Ayew

Black Stars striker Jordan Ayew has reacted for the first time after becoming the top-scoring Ghanaian player in Premier League’s history.

The 28-year-old achieved the record last month when he scored in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in their first game of the Premier League restart.

The goal was his 25th overall in the competition, surpassing legendary striker Tony Yeboah, who scored 24 goals for Leeds United.

“Tony Yeboah is massive, maybe the best striker of all-time in Ghana,” he told Sky Sports, puffing out his cheeks, “so to beat his total and get to 25 goals in the Premier League is a great achievement for me and my family.”

It has been a great season for the Jordan, whose future was unclear at the start of last summer.

A season on loan at Crystal Palace had yielded a solitary goal in 20 Premier League appearances and while the club had the option to sign him permanently from Swansea at the end of it, they did not immediately take it up.

It was only after he impressed for Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations that the Eagles decided to make their move, handing him a second chance in the form of a three-year contract at Selhurst Park.

“I’m grateful to the whole club,” Ayew tells Sky Sports before reeling off the names of manager Roy Hodgson, assistant Ray Lewington, chairman Steven Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman.

“They are the ones who trusted me and had the belief in me to sign me permanently,” he adds. “Since I came to this football club, they have been so supportive and so good to me. The only thing I could do was just try to go on the pitch, perform and do my best for the team. Thank God, things have changed a bit for me this season.”

Ayew vowed to repay their faith when he signed it and that’s exactly what he has done. He has started all but one of their 32 Premier League games and is the club’s top scorer with nine goals.

His goals represents more than 30 per cent of their total. According to Opta, those strikes have won Palace 14 of their 42 points. 

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