This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has set his sights on strengthening his squad with the Whites set to tempt Swansea City with a lucrative offer for Andre Ayew, according to Ghanasoccernet, a move that would see the Leeds manager reunited with Ayew, his former player a Marseille.
Swansea boss Steve Cooper is not too keen on selling the Ghanaian, but his hand could be forced if a sizeable offer comes in, during the January transfer window.
So would Ayew be a good signing for Leeds? Would he fit in at Elland Road?
“I cannot see this deal happening.
“Ayew would offer Leeds another attacking option and Bielsa knows him from Marseille but I cannot see the Yorkshire club splashing the cash on a 30-year-old in January.
“Victor Orta has suggested he is looking for value in January and I can’t see them getting that for Ayew, particularly given his importance for the Swans.
“The 30-year-old has been arguably the Welsh side’s most important attacking player–contributing to more goals than any other player–so they’re not going to let him go for cheap in the middle of the season.”
“This could potentially be a shrewd addition by Leeds if they can seal a deal for Ayew in January as there is no doubting the winger’s quality.
“Having spent the previous campaign on loan at Fenerbahce, the 30-year-old has made an encouraging start to the current season with Swansea in the Championship.
“As well as providing his team-mates with four assists, Ayew has scored nine goals in all competitions for the Jacks which has helped the club emerge as contenders for a top-six finish.
“When you consider that the winger has played 89 games at Premier League level during his career, he could prove to be a key player for Leeds in the future as their goal for this season is to achieve automatic promotion.”
Would Andre Ayew be a good signing for Leeds?
“I think this is a signing that would split Leeds fans right down the middle to be quite honest.
“Ayew has enjoyed a really impressive campaign at Swansea – I thought he would be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium in the summer, but fair play to him for sticking with the Swans and wanting to play week in, week out.”
“He’s an experienced winger who possesses so much pace and is a class above this level, and he has scored so many goals whilst adding a decent amount of assists this term.
“But he’s likely to be on really high wages, whereas Bielsa doesn’t seem like the kind of person who would go out and splash the cash on one player when other areas of the pitch need addressing first.
“They already have Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez to choose from, as well as plenty of talented youngsters emerging from the academy.”