According to a recent report from The Independent, Crystal Palace are set to seal a deal for forward Jordan Ayew, despite the transfer window closing earlier this evening. The 26-year-old currently plays his football at Swansea City and has done so since leaving Aston Villa back in 2017, although the Ghana international was unable to help keep the South Wales outfit in the Premier League last season, despite his best efforts.
And it appears that the £7.2 million-rated striking star (as per Transfermarkt) is set to return to the top-flight with Roy Hodgson’s Palace, an addition which could prove to be a transfer masterstroke by the London club.
Ultimately, Hodgson’s men deserve great credit for securing an 11th place finish in the top-flight last season, this all after failing to get a point in any of their opening eight matches of the campaign.
Thus, given they picked up 44 points from their final 31 games of the campaign, it’s clear that there is plenty of potential in that Palace side to get back into the top half of the division, although further reinforcements in the forward ranks certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
Christian Benteke seriously struggled for form last term, while further difficulties in the striking department saw Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha lead the line in the final few weeks of the campaign.
Both did well during that time to suggest that they could do a job again if called upon, but further strengthening is clearly needed in that area to help Palace make a quicker start to the season, and thus aid in their quest to build upon their 11th place finish to challenge for a top ten spot.
And the imminent arrival of Swansea’s Ayew will certainly help them in that bid, as the Ghana star bagged seven goals and laid on two assists in a poor Swans team last term to give them a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League.
Add that to the seven goals he netted for Aston Villa back in the 2015/16, another side bereft of genuine attacking quality, and it’s clear that the 26-year-old has huge pedigree at top-flight level – imagine what he could do surrounded by the likes of Zaha and Townsend in a Palace shirt.
The Eagles finished level on points with tenth place Newcastle United last season and only three points behind ninth place Leicester City – positions they lost as a result of going point-less in their opening eight games.
Yet the imminent addition of Swansea’s Ayew would surely help them make a much better start than last season, and thus very much thrust them into position to challenge for a top ten spot this time round – ultimately, his arrival could prove to be a transfer masterstroke.
Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!