Jordan Ayew delivered an emotional acceptance speech after he was named Crystal Palace Players’ Player of the 2019/20 Season in the club’s End of Season Awards.

The Ghanaian, who netted nine times this season and played in 39 games, received an impressive 37% of the total votes from almost 6,000 supporters.

He beat Vicente Guaita (28.2%) and Gary Cahill (16.7%) to scoop the accolade, which he called “a really, really big moment.”

After a busy evening, Ayew collected a total of three awards: Player of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and Goal of the Season.

In an emotional acceptance speech on Palace TV’s End of Season Awards show, Ayew said: “I’ve worked so hard to get into the team and I think the first season I came into this team wasn’t the best but the club had faith in me, the club wanted me to stay and I wanted to stay as well.

“I had the desire to have a better season and things have gone so well. I’m just grateful.

“I want to thank everyone at the football club; I want to thank the fans especially, they’ve been massive for us this season, for me especially they’ve been massive. I’d like to thank all the people that supported me within the difficult moments that I had in my football career. 

“When I have this type of award I just think of my family and obviously of the fans. And one man that’s been so influential in my football career: that’s [mentor and former Olympique de Marseille president] Pape Diouf. I lost him within the period of COVID and he passed away, I wish he was still here so I could present him this.”