In a rather inconsistent month for Marseille, there were thankfully some OM players who managed to remain slightly more consistent than others. Valbuena and Mandanda were a close 2nd and 3rd in our vote for November’s player of the month, but the clear winner was Jordan Ayew.
With Andre-Pierre Gignac out and Remy struggling for fitness it was left for jAyew to step in as the senior striker and he didn’t disappoint. Picking up goals in games against Ajaccio and Monchengladbach helped, but his performance and match winning goal against Lille will be what sticks in most people’s minds about Jordan in November.
Rumours were rife over the summer as loan moves to Saint-Etienne and Lorient were mooted amongst others, in a hope to see a talented, inconsistent and often immature players improve his game. Due to the lack of incoming players though, OM kept hold of Jordan and last month that paid dividends.
His performance against Lille was seen by many as a potential turning point for the enigmatic youngster. His potential has never been disputed, in fact many see him as being more talented than his sought after older sibling Andre, it’s been his mentality that people have questioned. The enforced inclusion of Jordan in the starting line-up lately though has been met with a sence of purpose and he has grasped the opportunity firmly. With such performances and valuable contributions in games it would seem difficult for Baup to drop jAyew even when Remy and Gignac are fit again.
Well done Jordan. Long may it continue.