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LuaLua gives verdict on West Ham ace following long injury lay-off

By Harvey Byrne

Former Premier League striker Lomana LuaLua has claimed that West Ham attacker Andre Ayew “will come back stronger” after suffering an injury earlier in the campaign.

The 26-year-old, who became the Hammers record signing in the summer following his transfer from Swansea suffered an injury on his debut against Chelsea, which left him sidelined until October.

He has since made three more appearances for the club and he is currently away with Ghana on international.

On Saturday it was announced that he was shortlisted for the BBC African Player of the Year award alongside Sadio Mane, Yaya Toure, Riyhad Mahrez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former DR Congo international LuaLua believes that he will show everyone what a good player he is.

“It’s a shame he’s been injured,” told LuaLua to the BBC. “He’ll come back stronger and show what a good player he is.”

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Ayew joined the Hammers in a £20.5million deal following a successful season with the Swans, where he scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 35 encounters for the Welsh club.

He will now be looking to help Slaven Bilic’s side move up the table from their lowly 17th spot.

The east London side will face Tottenham at White Hart Lane after the international break and Spurs will provide a stern test as the only unbeaten side left in England’s top flight.

In other West Ham news, fans reacted to Dimitri Payet’s display for France.