Swansea had to deal with a major blow as one of their best players Andre Ayew parted ways with the Welsh club in order to join West Ham United on a club record £20.5m fee. Yes, Swansea made a very good profit on the Ghana international they signed from Marseille last summer on a free transfer but with the Premier League set to kick off this weekend, the departure of the forward will be a hammer blow for Guidolin.
The former African Player of the Year had a strong first season in the Premier League with Swansea scoring 12 goals and creating five more from 34 games. With his departure, Swansea have to look for a solid replacement now. If not for the 26-year-old’s crucial goals last season, Swansea could have been in the Championship now and replacing him won’t be a cakewalk for anyone.
In this article, we will mention three players Swansea could look for to replace the departed star.
Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gueye- these two were the only Aston Villa players who did not deserve to get relegated last season. Gueye got his wildcard back to the Premier League but Jordan Ayew is yet to be offered a way back by any club. Andre Ayew’s younger brother, Jordan Ayew resembles his elder brother in terms of style of play and just like him, the 24-year-old can play anywhere up front. Moving for Jordan Ayew, who would be willing to come back to the Premier League, would be a sensible move from Swansea.
The 22-year-old Serbian international made his big-money move to Liverpool in the summer of 2014 but could never really make justice to his mammoth price-tag. His first season with the Reds saw him getting poorly misused by then Liverpool manager Rodgers and the next season, he was shipped out on loan to Fenerbahce which did not go well for him as he had a poor luck with injuries. Now, Liverpool have a wealth of options available in the 22-year-old’s position. He could not utilise the pre-season well to impress Klopp, so Swansea should pounce on the situation and lure away the gifted winger destined for big things.
Once Barcelona used to be famed around the globe for producing the best talents in the game from their very own La Masia academy. But, that day is not far away when the Blaugrana won’t be able to boast about the thing that made them a unique side in world football who do not believe that money does not bring success. Iconic players like Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and of course Messi- all made their way to the first team of Barcelona from La Masia but now the difference between the academy and the first team looks quite big and Tello is looking to be the next player to be a casualty of Barcelona moving for bigger names. The 24-year-old would be a quality replacement for Andre Ayew at Swansea.