Crystal Palace earned a crucial three points against Wolves at Molineux yesterday, which leaves them in 14th place in the Premier League.
What was perhaps as important as the result was the fact that Jordan Ayew notched his first goal for the south London club this season. The Ghana international has been part of a contingent of underperforming Palace strikers this season, alongside Christian Benteke and Alexander Sørloth, but may have turned a corner.
Ayew looked threatening all evening against Wolves, and started to replicate the form he showed whilst at Swansea last season. He broke the deadlock in the final minutes of the match to give himself and his team a huge confidence boost.
During Ayew’s lean spell, Crystal Palace have been linked with a host of January signings for strikers, including Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke and Michy Bathsuayi. They are still likely to land a new striker this month, but the form of Ayew is something that will please manager Roy Hodgson immensely. Ayew would have faced a long spell on the sidelines if he did not produce the goods soon, and luckily for him, he may have hit good form at the perfect time.
Of course, this is only one game, and he will need to continually produce high level performances to secure a guaranteed starting berth at Selhurst Park, but this is a step in the right direction for Ayew and solving Crystal Palace’s striker crisis. Hodgson would have hoped he started performing in September, but there is enough time for Palace to have a decent season.