Ayew: My Father Said I Shouldn't Have Left Swansea
Andre Ayew revealed that his father persuaded him to return to Swansea City, having not agreed with his decision to leave in the first place.
The forward returned to the Liberty Stadium on transfer deadline day for pretty much the same fee we sold him to West Ham United for. It was a move that divided opinion amongst fans, some saying that he wasn't the sort of player that we needed, that he was yet another former player we targetted, 'lazy recruitment' and so on, but I don't think any of us can argue the fact that he did the business for us when we struggled in the second half of the 2015/16 season, and hopefully he can do the same again.
He netted 12 goals in 34 League starts, 6 in his first 12 games, and 4 in his last 3 games.
Andre Ayew said:
"My father is happy, he was not for me leaving Swansea to be fair," said Andre.
"He told me he did not want me to go, he felt I was not done here but things happen and decisions are made.
"But when I had the chance to come back his advice was to come back to Swansea and not go anywhere else.
"I thought about it, I have more experience now so I made sure I considered everything.
He also said that joining the Swans was an easy decision, even though he also said that he thought about it and "considered everything".
"I did not speak to him about the move, because we speak often so I knew what was going on here and it was an easy decision.
"I had offers from other clubs but I wanted to go to Swansea with the relationship I had with the club and the fans which was really special.
"When I left we had not started the league season so I never really had a chance to say thanks and goodbye, but we had a great relationship and I want to make it even better.
"Jordan and I have enjoyed playing together, we understand each other very well but this is all talk. We have done it before, we have to do it again.
He played in a number of positions that year and it was difficult to find his best. Often used on the wing in a 4-2-3-1, Guidolin then preferred him in a more central striker role, where he was arguably best, at least that's what his goalscoring record suggests. 6 goals in 7 starts in that position, his other 6 goals were scored when playing on the wing in 18 games.
It'll be interesting to see where Carlos Carvalhal sees him playing in his Swansea City line-up. I'd say he's a better fit than Nathan Dyer, who's currently been playing up top with Andre's brother Jordan. A much more physical player and like his brother - good at holding up the ball, Ayew would suit the role in which he has the freedom to go wide and come inside. Dyer has been used as a counter-attacking outlet in a 3-5-2, moving out to the wing and making runs down the wide right channel to race on to long balls from deep.
With Dyer running on, Jordan is often seen dropping deep to receive the ball and feed the runners, before quickly catching up with the play through the middle.
Should Andre come in for Dyer? Would that be harsh on Dyer? I think for now, Andre should be looking to earn a start with some good substitute appearances, but who knows when you have Carvalhal in charge!
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