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Steve Cooper’s Swansea City are firmly in the race for a play-off spot in the Championship with just eight games to go, as they occupy ninth spot.
The Swans are just one point away from sixth placed Preston and will be hoping they can launch an assault on the top six during the remainder of the campaign.
One player who has been a key figurehead in Cooper’s side this season has been Ghanian forward Andre Ayew, who has chipped in with 13 goals and six assists in the Championship so far.
He nearly didn’t stay on at Swansea at the start of the year, with several clubs keen on signing the former West Ham man.
With this in mind, can you see Andre Ayew leaving Swansea if the Welsh club fail to get promotion?
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I’d be surprised if he remained with the Swans.
Ayew has shown that he can perform to a high standard with Steve Cooper’s side this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see other clubs register their interest in landing his signature even if they’re promoted into the Premier League.
The forward has 15 goals in 37 appearances for the Swans this term, and has really impressed me. Ayew will be a key player for the club, as they look to keep their promotion hopes alive in the Championship.
He’s a versatile player that can play anywhere across the front-three, and would be more than capable of stepping up to the Premier League in the near future.
He has previously played at that level in the past with Swansea, and will surely be tempted by a move back into the top-flight.
Surely he will leave if they don’t go up, as he is more than capable of playing at a higher level then what he’s playing at now.
I must admit, I was surprised that Ayew stayed at Swansea this season after spending last term away from the Liberty Stadium, but fair play to him for the way he has settled down and worked hard.
He is such an important player for the Swans and has contributed to so many goals this season, and I truly believe that he could cut it for a top-six Premier League side, he’s that good. He’s still at an age where he will feel that he has an awful lot to offer, which would further dampen Swansea’s chances of keeping him beyond this term.
If Swansea don’t go up, then I think their fans would be resigned to losing him to be perfectly honest, however you would expect him to go for a big fee which would be beneficial for Steve Cooper ahead of next term. They aren’t exactly loaded with cash, so any deal that does happen, they will need to be smart.
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It’s certainly a possibility and given Ayew is 30 now, he may want to ensure he gets one more crack at football in a big European league.
The winger has had a hugely impressive campaign for the Swans and after a relatively quiet few years, is likely to have given his reputation a real boost with his 13 goals and six assists this term.
There’s surely no way he’s leaving if they do secure promotion but I wouldn’t be surprised for him to jump ship if they fall short, particularly as there will likely be clubs willing to offer him a chance in a top European league.
That would be a huge blow for the Swans, particularly with both Conor Gallagher and Rhian Brewster set to return to their parent clubs this summer.