Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

It was revealed last month that Ghana international Andre Ayew would sign for Swansea City on a free transfer on the expiry of his Marseille deal.

Still only 25 years old, he comes to the Premier League with vast experience both in Europe and at international level. Many of Europe?s top clubs had registered interest in him, with it being confirmed early that the African star would not be signing a new deal at l?OM due to the financial constraints at the club.

Son of Ghanaian legend Abedi Pele, much pressure was shovelled upon the shoulders of Andre and his brother Jordan, but it is the older of the two, Andre, who has taken on the talismanic status for the Ghana national team. Andre seems to have the much better attitude of the two, amusing considering he is very much known as a fiery character.

2014/15 was the season he came of age. Coming off the back of impressive performances as captain of the Ghana in the World Cup in Brazil, he took on more responsibility, contributing 10 league goals in 28 appearances and committing fewer fouls, while maintaining his urgency and vigour. His only aberration came in the 3-2 loss to eventual Ligue 1 champions Paris-Saint Germain in early April, effectively setting about a decline in the fishing city?s title challenge.

Despite an eventual fourth place finish, Ayew?s consistent performances brought much applause on completion of his eventual final game at the Stade Velodrome against Bastia. Well used to playing within a high pressing possession-based attacking outfit, as shown under Bielsa?s tutelage last season, he should slot seamlessly into Garry Monk?s side next term.

Able to play anywhere across the front four, he will go a long way towards replacing departed Ivorian, Wilfried Bony. Whilst not the same stature as the Manchester City player, he could prove a similar sort of focal point.

Looking destined to work well with midfield talents Ki and Shelvey, he makes intelligent runs with finishing to match. His determination and passion will endear him to the Swansea faithful for years to come, too.

The Swans have proven that they do business consistently well and this looks like a further extension of their philosophy. Swooping early to wrap up this deal, they could well prove to have already acquired their best signing of the season.

He is the type of player they will take to down at the Liberty Stadium providing he settles in. Already having an embarrassment of riches in regards to speedy and tricky attackers, Ayew could show himself to be the best of them. If he continues his form of the last 18 months. Taking the step into his prime, he could turn into a terrace favourite.

He will be a pleasure to watch in the Premier League next season.


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