The January transfer window is just around the corner and Leeds United are the latest club to be linked with a potential high profile January move.
Ghanasoccernet.com exclusively reported that United are preparing an ‘lucrative offer’ for Swansea City striker Andre Ayew, hoping to add to United’s firepower as they continue their quest for promotion.
The 30-year-old forward has seven league goals so far this term for Steve Cooper’s Swans and could be an addition to United’s already thin attacking line.
Leeds are the joint-second highest scoring side in the Championship so far this term but have currently scored 10 goals fewer than league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Although United’s defence are enjoying a solid season, only conceding 13 goals so far this term, some United fans may be eager to see an additional attacker come into the side in the January window.
Given the Ghanian’s experience Ayew could be seen as a coup should United pull off this potential signing.
Here we take a look at two pros and two cons if United swoop for the former West Ham man…
Pro – He has worked with Bielsa
Ayew spent eight seasons with Marseille appearing 209 times and scoring 60 goals for the club, And, he worked with current United head coach Marcelo Bielsa at the club for the 2014-2015 season.
The Ghanian turned out 28 times under Bielsa, scoring 10 league goals mainly from the left-wing position.
Ayew also chipped in with six assists and was subject to three different positions under the Argentine at Marseille.
Should Ayew join Leeds he will know what to expect from Bielsa’s rigorous training methods and won’t be too surprised if the Argentine uses him in a more versatile role.
Con – Large transfer fee and high wages
Ghanasoccernet.com has described the potential move as ‘audacious’ and ‘lucrative’ and it is likely United would have to stump up a large fee to prize the forward away from the Liberty Stadium.
Should they do this the 30-year-old would most likely ask for a big pay packet, with the striker’s wages at Swansea potentially having a ‘crippling‘ effect on the Welsh club.
Leeds’ hierarchy have been extremely strict with the club’s adherence to the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and it would seem unlikely that they break this over the January window.
Pro – He would bring a goalscoring threat to United’s XI
After missing the Swans’ opening two games, Ayew has started every league game since and got himself a brace in the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the weekend.
Ayew is leading the Swans’ goalscoring charts with nine goals in all competitions for Steve Cooper’s side so far this term and would no doubt add an extra goalscoring threat to United’s front line.
United’s leading scorer Patrick Bamford is on the same number of goals as Ayew but with the 26-year-old drifting in and out of form this term, Ayew would be a welcome addition to the squad to provide an extra attacking option.
Con – No guarantee of a regular place
Given United’s togetherness and Marcelo Bielsa’s habit to stick with a regular starting XI, Ayew may find it hard to break into United’s line-up especially given the side’s recent run of good form.
From the player’s perspective this may put Ayew off a move to United, should he fail to gain any assurances of a regular start he may look to stay at the Liberty or asses other options.
With FFP in mind, United may be cautious on spending a large sum of money on the 30-year-old if he isn’t to feature in Bielsa’s plans regularly.