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Leicester City Turn Attention Towards Highly Rated Swansea Attacker: Ideal Figure To Replace Mahrez?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Leicester City have reportedly turned their attention towards Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew after bagging £60m from the Riyad Mahrez sale. The latter was a massive component of the Foxes’ attack and a replacement needs to be lined up as soon as possible. Claude Puel has still kept his job at the King Power Stadium as he looks towards the junior of the Ayew brothers to feature in Mahrez’s spot for the upcoming 2018/19 campaign.

Ayew’s stock rocketed up the charts after an impressive display for Swansea in their Premier League last season. The fans witnessed his brilliance through his 11 goals and 4 assists in 44 appearances across all competitions. He was appropriately crowned Swansea’s Player of the Season even though his rich vein of form could not save the Swans from relegation.

Now, the Welsh outfit are forced to release their top earners and the sale of the Ayew brothers could be used to raise £12m in funds. Competition from Liverpool can be swiped away as Jurgen Klopp has closed the door on any more summer acquisitions after the signing of Swiss international, Xherdan Shaqiri. The Daily Mirror had earlier indicated that the Anfield side could snap Ayew up if given the chance to do so.

Jordan Ayew is currently at his fittest self and is enjoying the peak of his career. His primary position is that of a forward but he can appear from almost any position in the final third. With his pace and ball control, Ayew can easily set up camp on the right wing of the Foxes offensive line. 

He has 46 caps and 12 goals registered to his name for the Ghana national team and has proven himself in the English top-flight. The 26-year-old can be lethal if given the space to express himself. He is particularly explosive on the run and has slowly improved his finishing abilities as well. Ayew has come a long way since his early days with Olympique Marseille.

The Ghanaian was born in the city of Marseille, France and joined the local club’s youth academy in 2006. He went on to score 22 goals and set up 17 assists in 147 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit, before making the switch to Aston Villa in the summer of 2015. Ayew has now witnessed two relegations with both the Swans and the Villans over the past three seasons.

Read More: Manchester United Considering £65m Bid For Leicester City Defender: Good Move For Mourinho?

Leicester might be ready to shell out the necessary amounts to find a Mahrez replacement but Ayew is not an exact replacement for the Algerian. He does not have the creative bone but does add a completely different dynamic to the team’s attack.

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