Andre Ayew is in line to make his first appearance for Swansea City in 15 months on Tuesday night, despite reports linking him with a return to Marseille.
Swansea boss Steve Cooper claimed the forward returned to training at a good fitness level after Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, giving him a good chance of playing against Northampton Town in the Carabao Cup.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce following Swansea’s relegation from the top-flight, and he is expected to depart the Liberty Stadium this summer as the club looks to balance their books.
It has been reported that Marseille could be prepared to re-sign Ayew after he spent nine years at the club earlier in his career, with the Ligue 1 side now reportedly keen to bring him back to the Velodrome.
Cooper has now suggested the former West Ham man has every chance of featuring on Tuesday night, as the Swans look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with victory over the Cobblers.
“He has come back really fit,” Cooper told the BBC.
“Like everybody he is in the mix. He could end up being a really good option for us going forward.”
It will certainly come as a surprise to Swansea fans to see Ayew wearing the white shirt again, as many thought they had seen the last of him following his Fenerbahce move.
Ayew is on enormous wages at the Liberty so it will be difficult to find a suitor for him, but the Swans might as well take advantage of Ayew’s quality while he is still at their disposal.
He is a player who is capable of causing some serious damage at Championship level, so he could be a real threat if played against Northampton on Tuesday.
I would expect the likes of Sam Surridge, Kristoffer Peterson and Yan Dhanda to start in attacking roles, but Ayew could well be a threat coming off the bench.