Andre Ayew came off the bench to change Swansea’s fortunes and help send them through to the second round of the Carabao Cup, as they came from behind to defeat Northampton.
The 29-year-old was subbed on with half an hour left to play, in what was a pivotal decision by Swans boss Steve Cooper.
At the time when the Ghanian was brought into action, the Welsh side were trailing by the odd goal. Ayew then scored twice, either side of a George Byers strike, setting up a 2nd round home tie with League Two side Cambridge.
These were his first goals for the club since May 2016, over three years ago. With Ayew seemingly out of favour until tonight, it will be of interest to Swansea supporters as to whether Cooper decides to utilise him in the Championship this season.
The former West Ham man had not featured for the Swans since their final Premier League game back in May 2018 against Stoke City. Ayew spent last season out on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce where he scored five goals.
After last night’s brace, here’s how Swansea fans reacted on Twitter….
It's 2019 and Andre Ayew and Borja Baston are scoring goals for Swansea City…it's like something out of the twilight zone #swans
— Ryan Thomas (@wardiaz85) August 13, 2019
What a night for Andre Ayew who scored his first goals for Swansea in 1,185 days. Swans unbeaten after three games under Steve Cooper, and plenty of youngsters impressed tonight which bodes well. Over and out. #Swans pic.twitter.com/eFAnWtdg94
— Ian Mitchelmore (@IanMitchelmore) August 13, 2019
Andre Ayew’s return the story of the night for #Swans. He looked sharp and hungry and scored twice. What an asset he might be if he stays
— Gareth Vincent (@Gareth_Vincent) August 13, 2019
Ayew having a laugh? He’s only gone and scored again.
— Swansea City FC. (@SwansCity1912) August 13, 2019
Ayew tonight may have done everyone a favour. Wins us the game, puts himself in the shop window and improves our chances of reducing the wage bill – which still has to be the priority. A Professional performance in every sense. #swans
— James W (@JW197two) August 13, 2019
— Daniel Phillips (@Danieljames1993) August 13, 2019