Slaven Bilic is one of the many managers that is looking to add to his squad to try and better their performance from the previous domestic season. West Ham United had a superb campaign as they finished in the 7th place and helped themselves to a place in the Europa League this season. However, they have not started brightly this season and went down to a 2-1 loss against NK Domzale in the first game of the qualifiers of the European competition. That has seen the manager take immediate action as it is now reported that West Ham have made a £20m bid for Swansea’s Andre Ayew. It is also reported that the Liberty outfit are not yet ready to part ways with their star attacker and are looking for reinforcements before letting him leave. So what will the Hammers add to their arsenal with this Ghana international?
The 26-year old midfielder/attacker is one of the most versatile players in the Premier League at the moment. He is equally comfortable in a proper midfield role as he is as a lone striker. He showed his class scoring 12 goals in his debut season in the Premier League. Swansea City played some attractive football at times last season and the 26-year old was at the heart of most such moments for his team. However, West Ham United, who were desperate for his signature last summer before he moved to Swansea, are once again ready to swoop for him and this time with a lure of European football which might actually land their man.
An impeccable finisher on his day, Ayew excels in hold up play as a forward, an attribute that is a must for a player in the Premier League. He finds himself space even in tricky positions and his ability on the ball allow him to create chances for his team-mates. He is also strong in the air and is ready to throw his body around for his team while his energy on the field is just another asset he carries with him. At the Olympic Stadium, West Ham’s new home in London, Ayew will be taking a free-role the will allow him to roam all around the field as he drags defenders wide and causes mayhem in the final third. The likes of Dimitri Payet will exploit the space he leaves behind giving Bilic’s side a completely different dimension to their play.
The 26-year old is slowly reaching the best years of his career and with West Ham United entertaining European football, he will get enough chances to learn and prove himself for the Hammers next season. Bilic is currently in the market for a striker to compete with Andy Carroll and if Ayew can play that role next season, it will also save the manager millions in transfer fees. West Ham need to improve to keep their place at the top of the Premier League table, especially with the activity from the teams around them and Andre Ayew will surely help them in their efforts.