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Can This Former Ligue 1 Star Be West Brom’s Marquee Signing?

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Arka Tarun Mukherjee
Arsenal fan and football expert, Arka Tarun Mukherjee actually used to play cricket at semi pro level. An ardent student of football tactics, ATM is very passionate about the tactical aspects of the game and has a dream of being a football manager in the future.

Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew has an opportunity to get back straight into the top flight with West Bromwich Albion interested. Ayew made the switch to Aston Villa last year after having a very good season personally with Lorient in Ligue 1. The French-born Ghana international came of the back of a season where he scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 and made a move to the Premier League. It didn’t go as planned as Aston Villa, slumped to relegation performing horribly and finishing rock bottom of the Premiership with just 3 wins all season and 27 losses. Villa scored a total of 27 goals of which Ayew scored 7 and was their leading scorer. He was one of the few shining lights at Villa Park and this is the reason why The Baggies are interested in him.

West Brom are seriously short of strikers at the moment with both Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe being released by the club at the end of last season. There are also serious doubts over the future of Berahino who looks set to leave the Hawthorns. West Brom signed Ricky Lambert from Liverpool last season but he wasn’t able to perform well scoring only once in 19 games. Moreover, Lambert is 34 now and has openly admitted that he is not good enough to get into the West Brom’s starting 11. Pulis knows that and has tracked Diafra Sakho as a replacement previously. In fact, Sakho was all set to complete his transfer to the Hawthorns before West Brom pulled out of the deal in the last minute expressing concerns over the player’s fitness.

Seems like Pulis, has now made Ayew his no. 1 target, as he looks to complete the signing before their season opener against Crystal Palace. The Ghana international will be an excellent addition to the squad as he can play in a lot of positions other than a striker, which shows his versatility. He is 24 years old, so the best years are still in front of him and having a better squad with stronger players around the forward will definitely help him to improve his game and score more goals as a result. A player capable of scoring goals, being able to play at different positions would also improve the Baggies both tactically and technically.

West Brom has recently been taken over by Chinese ownership and the new owners have expressed clearly their intentions of focusing on the transfer market. Tony Pulis is assured of his position as well as of funds being available which will help the manager to have a strong go for the player Villa are understandably reluctant to part with. Winger Matt Phillips is the only signing the Midlands club has completed so far and Jordan Ayew can be the next man in as their marquee signing for the summer.

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