Ayew is a big player – Steve Cooper

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Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has hailed his vice-captain Andre Ayew for carrying the team this season.

The Welsh mentor has put a lot of trust in the Ghanaian national team captain this season playing him up front in a 4-4-2 formation.

Cooper’s tactics have benefited the 31-year-old and he has scored 14 Championship goals this season. His latest goal came away against Blackburn Rovers where he converted from the penalty spot to earn a point for the Swans.

Speaking to Walesonline, Cooper said that the experience of the former Olympique Marseille star has helped the team and he hopes he will continue doing well this weekend when they travel to Luton Town.

“Andre has always been an important player for us.

“The type of player who he is and the difference he can make in games is and has been important to us. He’s only focused on keeping it going. He’s getting a few goals from penalties, but he’s got to be there to score them and he’s a player for big moments.

“Hopefully, we can create a few more big moments for him and he’s there to make the most of them, whether that’s creating or scoring goals, because that’s what he does among some other things.

“So Andre’s a big player, but it’s important we stay focused on the job in hand. Focus on the next game and treat it as the most important thing.”

With the race for promotion heating up at the top, Swansea will need to collect as many points as possible from the remaining games if they are to stand a chance at automatic promotion. The Welsh club is currently third on the table with 66 points from 35 games.

Cooper said he is relying on a few of his senior players to step up and provide guidance on the pitch.

“Andre’s the sort of guy who likes to give back, he’s forever sharing his thoughts on stuff and intentions. Ryan Bennett has added to that, Korey Smith has added to that. He is very much one of them.”

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