Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has praised Ghana international Andre Ayew and attacking partners Rhian Brewster and Aldo Kalulu after their fine performances in a big win over Middlesbrough in the Championship on Saturday.
On the return of football after a coronavirus suspension, Ayew found the back of the net and provided an assist while Brewster scored twice as the Jack Army registered a 3-0 away triumph at Riverside.
The three points have sent Swansea to eighth on the league table, boosting their bid for Premier League promotion.
â€œTo win 3-0 away from home is a fantastic result at any time of the season, never mind having not played for as many months as we have and having little preparation to get ready for the game,â€ Cooper said after the game, as reported by his club’s official website.
â€œRhian looked a real threat, got his two goals and he’s disappointed he didn’t have three,â€ said the Swans boss. He’s a really good player, but we are a team that likes to play as a team.
â€œI thought Aldo was equally a threat down the right-hand side in the first half, and Andre was doing what he does week in and week out.
â€œI thought Conor Gallagher did brilliantly â€“ winning the penalty getting in the box – and the midfield players were also getting high up the pitch.
â€œRhian obviously will get some headlines because he got a brace but it’s as a consequence of the team playing the way we want to play.â€
Ayew has now taken his league tally to 12 goals in 35 appearances.
The 30-year-old will hope to continue his fine form when the Jack Army host Luton Town in their next game on Saturday.
He returned to Liberty Stadium after a loan stint with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce’s last campaign.
Ayew’s future at Swansea though remains in doubt, having been heavily linked to a transfer away in his desire for top-flight action.
The attacker rejoined the Jacks for a second spell in January 2018 after a frustrating move to West Ham United.
He first moved to France in 2015 from French side Olympique Marseille.
He once played for Lorient on loan.