English Championship Jordan Ayew affected by Aston Villa relegation - Steve Bruce

Bruce saluted the Ghana striker and suggested the assist for McCormack is what Ayew is capable when he is in form.

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Aston Villa struggles have taken their toll on Jordan Ayew, according to Steve Bruce.

Ayew helped Villa clinch a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion at Villa Park after stepping off the bench to set up Ross McCormack's winning goal.

Bruce saluted the Ghana striker and suggested the assist for McCormack is what Ayew is capable when he is in form.

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But the Villa boss reckons relegation from the Premier League in Ayew's first season at the club did hit the forward's confidence.

Asked about Ayew, Bruce said: "That's Jordan. He's come here for a lot of money.

"He came here at a time when the club was not in the best of health. He's found it difficult.

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"There's no doubt he's got ability, we saw that.

"It was a great run and cross for the goal and that little bit of magic is what we've got at the moment where we can just produce a goal without playing that well and he's helped to do that today."

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