Blackburn away Andre Ayew penalty

Steve Cooper | Experienced heads like Andre Ayew a big asset

12th March
First team

Steve Cooper believes the experience of players such as Andre Ayew can be an important factor in Swansea City’s Championship run-in.

Ayew has scored five goals in his last four appearances, with four of those seeing him hold his nerve from the penalty spot.

Those goals have helped put an additional seven points on the board, including last-minute winners against Stoke and Middlesbrough.

Ayew has experience of big Champions League and World Cup games, and head coach Cooper believes the Ghanaian’s big-game know-how is an asset to a youthful squad.

“Andre has always been an important player for us, with the player he is and the difference he can make in games,” said Cooper.

“He, like everyone else, is only focused on keeping it going. He is getting a few goals at the moment, and he is there for the big moments.

Blackburn away Andre Ayew cele

“We hope we can create a few more big moments for him creating and scoring goals.

“He brings a lot to the table for us, he is a big player, but it is important we stay focused on the job in hand, look at what comes next and treat that as the most important thing.

“Andre has experience, he is 31 and has played on big stages throughout his career, including international football.

“He likes to give back so he is forever sharing his thoughts and experiences with us.

“He is a real team player, he is very much part of the culture, he is always looking to guide and help the young players and he is a real positive influence.

“We are lucky to have experienced players who are really good people, guys like Ryan Bennett and Korey Smith have added to that, we also have someone like Wayne Routledge who sets a great example.”