Andre Ayew

Steve Cooper | Andre is getting stronger and stronger

20th October
First team

Steve Cooper says Andre Ayew growing strength and fitness is being reflected in his performance after the Ghanaian got on the scoresheet again at Barnsley.

The 29-year-old showed great determination to scramble the ball home, after he and Bersant Celina had been denied by Tykes keeper Brad Collins.

It means Ayew has scored in each of the Swans last three league games, and he was a consistent threat to the home defence at Oakwell.

And, having reported back late for pre-season following his efforts with Ghana in the African Cup of Nations, Cooper feels his growing influence is a sign that Ayew is now fully up to speed.

Barnsley Andre Ayew goal

"It's a good return in the last three games," said Cooper.

"You forget with Andre a little bit that he came in late, and even though we put him straight into the team he had to get up to speed with his fitness.

"He's said himself, he's starting to feel a lot stronger. I think that's showing, not just his goals but in his performances.

“I thought he was a real threat, and worthy at least of his goal."