Crystal Palace have today announced the signing of Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan from Swansea City.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 9, 2018
‘It’s been a long transfer window but finally I got a move’
On joining Palace Ayew stated,
“I am very pleased to be here. It’s been a long transfer window but finally I got a move.
“The important thing for me now is to get fit and to be in good shape, and I know the manager wants to use me up front and make things happen.
“The manager, chairman and sporting director all made an effort for me to be here today, so I have to thank them. I am looking forward to playing with the boys and meet the fans, and hopefully it’ll be a good season.
“I chose to come to Palace to continue improving. It’s a step up for me and I’m ready for the challenge and to get to where I think I can get to.”
A Jekyll and Hyde season for Palace
The 2017/18 season for Crystal Palace was very much up and down. They started the season by picking up zero points from their first seven league games.
During those seven games, Palace would also fail to score a single goal, a new league record.
However, once Roy Hodgson took over Palace’s form dramatically improved, Hodgson picked up a 2-1 win vs Chelsea in his first game in charge of Palace.
From there, Palace grew in confidence and would finish the 2017/18 season in 11th place, not bad considering they lost their first seven games and were clear favourites to go down.
As a result, Palace were keen to strengthen their squad this summer in order to make sure they have a much better start to their 2018/19 campaign and Ayew has certainly helped them do so.