The brutality of the Premier League means the least you can expect is 100% effort from your players.
So when one lets the entire side down it’s completely inexcusable.
In the grim torrential conditions at Selhurst Park on Saturday night Crystal Palace were holding Spurs to a battling point.
That was until midway through the second half when Jordan Ayew inexplicably pulled out of a challenge with Juan Foyth, allowing the Argentine to score his first ever Premier League goal… and the winner.
A corner was tossed in by Erik Lamela which caused pinball in the Palace penalty area.
When the ball spun up for a 50/50 inside the six yard box, Ayew looked the favourite to win the header and clear the home side’s lines.
Only the forward seemed to lose his bottle, hesitating and allowing Foyth to capitalise and head home.
Ayew was unsurprisingly hounded by his perplexed team-mates, with Palace captain Luka Milivojevic in particular going mad at the striker.
Palace ultimately lost the game and slipped into the bottom three as a result.
Ayew might have an awkward week in training…
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