Swansea's Paul Clement lauds goal-shy Jordan Ayew
Swansea manager Paul Clement has lauded Jordan Ayew's contribution to the side's battle against relegation even if he's still awaiting his first goal since signing from Aston Villa earlier this year.
Ayew, a January acquisition for the struggling Swans, set up Fernando Llorente for the goal against Everton that secured a 1-0 triumph for the Welsh side and lifted Clement's team out of the bottom three, handing them the advantage in the race to avoid the drop.
Clement believes that Ayew has benefited from his decision to switch to using two strikers, and is particularly pleased with his overall contribution to the team, even if that first goal remains elusive.
"I think since we played two strikers, we are seeing some really good things from Jordan", Clement told journalists at his press conference ahead of Swansea's visit to the Stadium of Light to face relegated Sunderland on Saturday.
"The standout thing is his work rate and how much he is getting in behind teams and stretching the play. He came up with a big assist against Everton."
Clement hopes Ayew's first goal for the club will arrive soon, but is adamant that his failure to find the net doesn't diminish how vital he has been for the Swans.
"Obviously the only thing missing is that goal," Clement added. "He came very close with the shot that came off the outside of the post, came close against Stoke as well.
"It's going to be great when he gets that goal but his overall contribution has been very, very good. His effort and his running has been massive, massive help to the team."