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Crystal Palace Player of Year Ayew pays tribute to Pape Diouf

Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew has been named the club's Player of the Year.

He can add the trophy to his Goal of the Season winning strike v West Ham United at home and Players' Player of the Season, both of which he scooped last night.

Ayew stated: "I'm lost for words. It's a really, really big moment for me. 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 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.

"He was so influential in my football career, he was the one who opened the doors for me to start playing football. He was more than a father so I'd like to thank him very, very much. Because if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be where I am today, so that's my message I have for him.

"And my parents have been supportive, my dad and my mum, they have been there since day one, for hard times; they've been there for me, always been positive with me. My brothers as well have been so supportive, lovely."

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