After being concerned about Baba Rahman’s lack of games at Chelsea, the Ghana coach is also worried about Jordan Ayew.
The 24-year-old’s case is different in that Avram Grant doesn’t want Aston Villa’s struggles to rub off on the enthusiasm of his Ghana international.
“It’s not good for Ayew,” Grant told Sky Sports. “When you’re playing in a team that’s struggling, it’s not easy to perform, especially as a striker when the midfield doesn’t have a lot of confidence.
“I’m sure if the team was better, he would be better. It shows a lot about his character,” he added.
On the other hand a relegation battle can spur a player to produce his best and fight. What should be more important is that Ayew gets regular game time.
“He has big potential,” Grant added. “He’s a guy who controls the ball very well. He’s strong, has a lot of qualities and is doing very well.
“It’s not easy to perform well in a team that’s struggling, so the thing which is most important is all his progress – he keeps getting better and better. He’s a good striker.”
Ayew has scored three goals in 10 games for Aston Villa so far.