Jordan Ayew dedicates award to Ex-Marseille president

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew poses with his player of the season's award.
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Ernest Sunday

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew has dedicated his player of the season award to former Marseille president Pape Diouf who died of COVID-19.

The Premier League tournament concluded on Sunday 26 July 2020 with Palace ending their season in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park.

The Premier League club on 28 July voted Jordan Ayew as Crystal Palace player of the year following his excellent performance for The Eagles beating two of his teammates Vicente Guaita and Gary Cahill to win the award.

The Ghanaian professional footballer scored nine goals and provided two assists in 37 appearances for Palace in the 2019/2020 Premier League season.

Ayew also won Crystal Palace's Goal of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season awards to his name making it three individual awards in the 2019/2020 season.

It was a moment of joy for the striker. This was his first time of winning the award since Joining Crystal Palace in 2018 transfer deadline day.

Ayew had a poor season last term with The Eagle scoring only two goals in 20 appearances but winning these awards has shown his massive development this season.

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew poses with his player of the season's award.

After winning the award, the former 28-year-old Marseille striker dedicated his player of the season award to former Marseille president Pape Diouf who died in March from coronavirus disease.

“I’ve worked so hard to get into the team, and I think the first season I came into this team wasn’t the best, but the club had faith in me, the club wanted me to stay, and I wanted to stay as well,” Ayew said in an interview.

"I had the desire to have a better season, and things have gone so well. I’m just grateful.

"I want to thank everyone at the football club; I want to thank the fans especially, they’ve been massive for us this season, for me especially they’ve been massive. I’d like to thank all the people that supported me within the difficult moments that I had in my football career.

"When I have this type of award, I just think of my family and obviously of the fans. And one man that’s been so influential in my football career: that’s Pape Diouf. I lost him within the period of COVID, and he passed away, I wish he were still here so I could present him this."

Jordan Ayew's interview after winning Crystal Palace player of the year award

Crystal Palace finished 14th in the just concluded 2019/2020 season after fighting their way out of the relegation spot losing many matches before the end of the Premier League season.

The club will be hoping to develop more into the EPL competition with Jordan Ayew and his teammates.

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