Ghana striker, Jordan Ayew will hold his head up high after giving 100% at Crystal Palace this season ahead of his imminent departure for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ayew has struggled to score on a regular basis for the Eagles, ending his 43-game scoring drought for Palace in their 2-2 draw against Southampton on December 16.
“I’ve been in the game for quite a long time now,” he told the club’s official website.
“There are some periods in your life where things don’t go your way, and some periods where they go your way. I’ve had that period for a couple of months.
“But you keep working hard. I wake up every morning proud of what I’ve achieved in football. I wake up every morning knowing that when I come to train, I will give 100%, and when I play for Crystal Palace I will give 100%.
“When I go home I will have no regrets because I know I have given 100%. That is what is important for me.”
Ayew says his first goal of the season against Southampton was a reward for continued effort and hard work under Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace.
“I knew that it would come at some point,” he explained. “I just needed to keep doing what I was doing. The manager was encouraging me to keep doing what I was doing.
“I knew it would come sooner rather than later. It came, but it’s just one goal. I know I need to be more efficient, I need to be ruthless in the last 30 metres. There’s a lot of things that I can be more ruthless at.
“I’m working on it, and hopefully this will give me a lot more confidence in the future.”