Swansea City and Andre Ayew is a love affair that’s keeps going on.
The Swans signed Ayew from Marseille in 2015. He arrived in South Wales with a heavy reputation in France – he’d been one of Marseille’s best players in the previous campaign and Swansea shocked many when they landed him.
But it was a fleeting visit. Ayew left for West Ham the next season for a club-record fee of over £20 million at the time, but he couldn’t replicate his first season success at Swansea with the Hammers.
A short year-and-a-half stay at West Ham saw Ayew return for £18 million just two years ago and after a loan-spell with Galatasaray last season, he’s return to Swansea this time round, and has returned to his best:
He’s scored 12 goals this season, created five and been Swansea’s stand-out performer. Many deem Ayew to be a ‘big fish in a small pond’ at Swansea, or at least many people imagine that’s what he thinks of himself.
The 30-year-old is a beloved player at Swansea, and he’s shown no sign of ‘cockiness’ this season, or come across as being ‘too good for Swansea’.
Returning from Turkey it looked all but likely that he’d take the easy route, and try and push for a permanent move out there. So when he chose to come back to Swansea and fight with them in the Championship, under a new manager in Steve Cooper, many applauded him.
He has been Cooper’s saving grace at times this season – he’s popped up with several important goals and has been a real leader both on and off the pitch for Swansea.
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The fact that he’s claimed seven Man of the Match awards this season shows just how influential he’s been, but his hard-work hasn’t just come in-front of goal – Cooper has instilled a high-press in this side and Ayew a key part of it, averaging 1.7 tackles per game this season.
People often forget how decorated a player Ayew is at international level – he’s worshipped in Ghana and has been the subject of two pricey transfers in the past few seasons, but Swans fans will be grateful that he’s stayed loyal to the club this time round.