Will Swansea City regret parting ways with last season’s top goal-scorer?
When Swansea City first announced the signing of Olympique Marseille’s Andre Ayew last summer, it was the type of move that most loyal Swans fans believed would successfully take their club into the new season, with potential progress still to come in the not too distant future.
But whilst the well-established Ghanaian international nonetheless ended the 2015/16 campaign as the top goal-scorer down at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea City unfortunately endured a rather disappointing season that seemingly won’t go down as one for the history books to remember fondly.
The club’s recent decision to replace Andre Ayew with newly sourced Spanish acquisition – Fernando Llorente – therefore feels like somewhat of a risk considering just how poorly Swansea played for large parts of the previous domestic campaign. Will the Swans simply take to their new life without the former Marseille favourite solidly included among the action then, or has the loss of Andre Ayew ultimately served to damage Swansea’s prospects for the new season?
Sad Andre Ayew left the #swans for whu ⚒. He was my favorite Swans player
— Jeffrey Horn (@Jeffrey_R_Horn) 8 August 2016
Andre Ayew is a great signing! Will score goals get assists! Add some flair, creativity and pace!
— ⚒Benzino⚒ (@BIGBenny_96) 8 August 2016
Although Andre Ayew certainly failed to represent one of the most coveted attacking players among the Premier League last season, the now ex-Swansea City man definitely looked promising within his new surroundings – and could have theoretically improved the club’s chances of finishing as high up the table as possible in 2016/17 when all is said and done.
The loss of Ashley Williams could also prove massive for the Swans within the grand scheme of things if a like-minded replacement isn’t sourced soon – for with both Williams and Ayew missing from the heart of Swansea’s starting XI ahead of the new league campaign – Francesco Guidolin’s side could certainly fare a great deal worse, right throughout the heart of their starting XI.
Fernando Llorente does nonetheless arrive with a decent enough reputation to impress down at the Liberty Stadium. The lofty Spanish front-man initially set the European game alight with a series of strong performances for Athletic Bilbao in his early career, yet subsequent moves to both Juventus and Sevilla simply haven’t proven as fruitful in the cold light of day. Llorente’s glaring lack of pace could also hold him back among the English top-flight potentially, as was clearly noted on his debut league performance against Burnley.
Andre Ayew on the other hand remains in the prime stages of his career, can give Premier League defences a hard time on a week-to-week basis, and also has the ability to crop up with important goals time and time again. Although the Ghanaian international may not represent a worthy £20 million player with all things fairly taken into account, Swansea’s recent loss looks like it could well turn out to hurt the Welsh club in the long run…
…unless a new, equally exciting, marquee striker isn't chanced upon before the close of the summer transfer window!
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