The Ghana captain’s first-half goal against Barnsley has given Swansea City the play-off advantage ahead of the second leg on Saturday.
Andre Ayew says he hopes to make history with Swansea City as they bid to get back to the Premier League.
Ayew was on the scoresheet against Barnsley on Monday evening, netting a beautiful left-footed shot at Oakwell to give head coach Steve Cooper’s side a 1-0 advantage heading into the second leg on Saturday.
It was Ayew’s 17th of the season in a campaign where he has once again proved his worth to Swansea.
It looked for all the world that he would leave SA1 when his loan spell with Fenerbahce ended in the summer of 2019, but under Cooper he found a new lease of life at a club he says he has grown to love.
There were offers on the table, he says, but that sometimes happiness has to be put above all else.
“Some people will say maybe my career has dwindled because I’m playing in the Championship, and let me say there were offers to go and play in the Premier [League] and I could have jumped at the first offer that came in, but no,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
“Sometimes it’s not every offer that comes that you have to take, you first look at your happiness and then consult your family and the team and see what is best before making a decision.
“I really don’t think I have lost anything – look at my numbers both here and at the national team, they are getting better and I’m happy for the journey I took.”
Ayew could have left last summer as well but chose to stay put despite play-off heartache against Brentford.
Now 31, he has been an elder statesman in a youthful Swansea side brimming with energy. He leads by example, both on and off the pitch, and the former Marseille man says the experience of playing with youngsters has been mutually beneficial.
He also says he is proud of his role within this side.
He added: “I don’t know how this season will end but my experience has guided a lot of these young players here, they have learnt a thing or two from me and of course I have also picked up some things from them too.
“I have played at the World Cup and in the Champions League. I think it’s important that I share some of my experiences with the ones also starting their journey. https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walesonline.co.uk%2Fsport%2Ffootball%2Ftransfer-news%2Fandre-ayews-transfer-admission-says-20624203&cre=center&cip=18&view=web
“We have made the play-offs twice already and if we go up what would you say? And even if we don’t go up, I will know that I gave it my all and just didn’t make the jump when things got tough.”
At a reported £80,000 a week, things haven’t been too shabby financially for Ayew during his two spells in SA1. It may well be coming to an end, with his contract up at the end of the season.
The return leg against the Tykes on Saturday could, in theory, be the last game he ever plays for Swansea. The Jack Army will hope that isn’t the case, keeping their fingers crossed for a date at Wembley a week later.
If Swansea were to achieve promotion, a new deal for Ayew cannot be ruled out, and it is clear the Ghana captain has real affection for his club.