Leeds United are preparing an audacious swoop for in-form Swansea winger Andre Ayew, according to a report from Ghana Soccer Net.
Ayew has been Swansea’s best performer of the season so far since his return from a loan spell at Fenerbahce over the summer, and it now appears his strong form has not gone unnoticed by one of the Championship’s high-flyers.
Leeds are currently sitting in second place in the second-tier table following an impressive first half of the season, and it now seems Marcelo Bielsa is planning a move for Ayew to help further bolster his side’s automatic promotion bid in the new year.
Ayew has now scored a total of nine goals in 21 appearances for Steve Cooper’s side this term, with his versatility meaning he has been able to operate on the wing or up front for the South Wales outfit, and his departure would be a big blow for the club.
Here are two knock-on effects for Swansea if Ayew does leave…
Swansea will need to find a replacement goalscorer
It was unclear what kind of role Ayew would play at Swansea this term before the season begun, but he has really stepped up to the mark since his return from his loan spell to become the top goalscorer in Cooper’s side since the start of the campaign.
There have been many vital efforts within his nine goals for the Swansea this term – with two of these coming during the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough on the weekend – and it is hard to imagine how the Swans would have coped without his clinical presence.
It will be tough for Swansea to find a replacement for Ayew who can bag goals at a consistent rate, but it has recently seemed that Sam Surridge would be the most likely option to fill the void given his seven goals for the club so far.
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There will be a distinct lack of leadership figures in the Swansea side
The departure of Leroy Fer over the summer meant Swansea were short of leaders heading into the new season, and Cooper decided to give the captaincy to midfielder Matt Grimes following his exploits at the heart of midfield in the previous campaign.
However, Grimes is certainly not a natural leader and his leadership qualities have not always been present on the pitch, whereas Ayew has often been the man leading the way for the Swans given his quality and vast experience in football.
This resulted in Ayew being named Swansea’s vice-captain earlier in the campaign, with this representing how important he has been off the pitch for the Liberty Stadium side, and his departure would definitely see the club lose a big presence in the dressing room.