Andre Ayew's award a "collective" effort

11th September

Andre Ayew dedicated his Barclays Premier League August Player of the Month award to his Swansea City team-mates, insisting it was a "collective" effort.
Ayew was picked for the first award of the season ahead of team-mate Bafe Gomis along with David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov (both Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United) and Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).
The Ghanaian winger has made a stunning start to life in the Premier League, with a debut goal against Chelsea among three strikes in four games so far.
He also provided a superb assist for Gomis to slot home the winner against Manchester United at the Liberty last time out.
And Ayew was quick to salute the key role his team-mates have played in allowing him to settle quickly into life at his new club.

"It's a great feeling, but this award comes from hard work and support by the whole squad," said Ayew. "It's more of a collective award rather than an individual award because we've worked very hard from pre-season until now.
"It shows there is a lot of quality and determination in this team. The most important thing for me is the unity and team spirit we have shown.
"The guys have really helped me by telling me how the league works and by giving me confidence to do what I can do. I can work even harder and do more.
"If we continue in the same way a lot of our players can pick up awards, but what is important is that Swansea continue to win games."
The Swans head to newly-promoted Watford on Saturday, with a number of Garry Monk's players having returned this week from a busy international period.
And Ayew insists the good work of the opening month is firmly at the back of his mind.

"We've made a good start together. Now the month has gone, so we are thinking about the games coming up," he said.
"In football you quickly forget what you have done because you are thinking about what you want to achieve now.
"We have not achieved anything yet though, and every day we will look to improve."
Ayew has quickly become a fans favourite at his new club, with his work rate and link-up play proving a big hit with the Swans supporters on top of his strike rate.
And he wanted to thank the Jack Army for giving him such a warm Welsh welcome.

"At Marseille it was different as I was at home and I was one of them because I grew up there and played for the junior team," he added.
"Here it is different as I had to start afresh. In football, when you have succeeded somewhere the biggest fear is when you leave as you're starting all over.
"Coming here was a big challenge, but I'm glad the fans are happy with me - that's very important for me and I thank them for their support. I will continue fighting on the pitch to make them happy with myself and the team.
"For them to be happy means we are getting good results."