Ayew Leaves Swansea For West Ham In £20.5m Move
The Swans will see the move as excellent business for a player that they signed as a free agent last Summer. They're also set to use the majority of that fee to bring in Atletico Madrid forward Borja Baston, after completing the signing of Fernando Llorente from Sevilla.
It was reported over the weekend that the Swans wouldn't allow Ayew's move to West Ham to happen, until they had completed a second striker signing. The Borja signing has been delayed, but it's expected to be completed on Wednesday when he's due in Swansea to complete a medical.
Ayew was our top goalscorer last season, netting 13 goals - 1 more than Gylfi Sigurdsson - so it feels quite strange to feel unbothered that we've lost our top goalscorer. But it's mainly because he doesn't really fit in to the team. He didn't excel as a right sided winger, but up front he netted 6 goals in 7 games under Guidolin.
The Italian manager wanted to play him up front this season, but his desire to play on the wing meant he was never going to be fully satisfied playing in that role. However, he may be seen as a centre forward at his new club - as the Hammers have plenty of wide options.
But West Ham, wherever they decide to play him, have a prolific finisher that will score goals. He proved against the likes of Sunderland at home that he can score goals out of nothing, and he's also a threat at direct set-pieces.
The Swans maybe losing their top goalscorer, but Llorente is an excellent signing, and Borja should arrive by mid-week, on the back of a 18-goal season in La Liga. We should be covered up top with plenty of good competition for places.
We'll have to wait a bit longer for Borja Baston signing. Hoping it'll be done by Wednesday— Vital Swansea City (@VitalSwansea) August 8, 2016
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