African players abroad ENGLAND : Cooper credits Ayew for securing Championship play-off spot

Swansea City Manager, Steve Cooper, has hailed the impact of Ghanaian Andre Ayew with the English Championship side.

Cooper said this after the Ghanaian came off the bench to help Swansea secure a Championship play-off spot on Sunday.

Andre is a really good player and person, he thrives on being the big player and we are very happy to have him. The team comes first, not himself, and you could see that today,” he told Swansea website.

“It would have been great if we didn’t need him, as it would have meant we were comfortable in the game.

“But we did, he was medically cleared to play 30 minutes, and it ended up being a good move thanks to the good work from Andre and the medical team. It helped get the result we wanted.”

Swansea sealed the spot after playing out to a 2-2 draw with Reading.

Needing a point to guarantee a top-six finish, Ayew stepped onto the pitch in the 65th minute.

By that time, Swansea were trailing to Reading’s Yakou Meite’s header.

However, the Ghanaian’s first involvement saw his backheel spring Jay Fulton in on goal, with Jamal Lowe finished after the Scot’s initial shot was saved.

Ayew then scored from Jake Bidwell’s cutback in the 83rd minute.

However, Reading levelled matters in stoppage time through Tomas Esteves.

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