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Tottenham Hotspur Slapped With £18m Price Tag On Attacker: Should They Go Through With This?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to The Sun, Swansea City have set an £18 million price tag for key attacker Andre Ayew. The Ghanian international was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, and this update could serve as a potential blow for Jose Mourinho’s side. It is believed that the Swans are keen on keeping hold of Ayew, who is considered as a vital part of the team. But, they could be forced to sell if the right offer comes through.

Ayew’s spell at Swansea

Ayew has been a part of the Swansea side since 2015 when he joined from Marseille for free. While he did move to West Ham the following summer, for a fee of €24 million, he ended up returning to Swansea in January 2018. But unfortunately, the Swans eventually got relegated in the 2017/18 campaign.

As a result, Ayew moved to Fenerbahce on loan in the summer of 2018, in search of top-flight football. He wasn’t entirely productive in Turkey, however, scoring only five goals in 29 league matches. So the winger had to return to Swansea in the summer of 2019, and since then, he has once become a vital part of the attack.

Indeed. Ayew has scored ten goals and mustered four assists in just 26 league matches, helping Swansea emerge as one of the best performing teams in the Championship this season. The Welsh outfit does indeed have an excellent chance of gaining promotion if they can maintain their bright form.

Is Ayew a viable target for Tottenham?

Ayew would be a cost-effective option in Tottenham’s bid to add more strength in their attacking department. The Lilywhites have appeared overreliant on the services of wingers Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura this season. And with Harry Kane now injured, they have to deploy these two individuals in a more advanced role.

Ayew, in that regard, should provide Mourinho with more tactical options in the final third. He and Erik Lamela can offer more options in the wide attacking slot, preventing the Portuguese mastermind from relying on Giovani Lo Celso. However, the Argentine has impressed in recent weeks.

Moreover, Ayew is a versatile individual who can play almost anywhere across the final third. That means he can even be considered as an alternative for Kane in the number nine slot, allowing Son and Moura to feature in their preferred wide roles. Hence, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Tottenham to splash £18 million to attain the services of Ayew this January.

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