According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, several Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on Jordan Ayew’s situation at Swansea City. The 26-year-old was part of a Swans side that lost their top-flight status last term but he certainly did his bit to try and keep them in the top tier, exploits which have reportedly attracted the interest of London duo Crystal Palace and Fulham.
And with Ayew himself having reportedly gone AWOL, it looks as though he will be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium this summer, which should interest Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez, as there is little doubting that the striker would be an upgrade on awful Joselu.
Ultimately, while the Magpies were solid defensively and did well in the middle of the park last season, they were blunt going forward in netting just 39 goals in their 38 Premier League games – only Burnley (36) scored fewer of teams that finished in the top ten.
And Joselu was one man guilty of failing to consistently put the ball in the back of the net, as the Spaniard only managed four goals in 30 Premier League games for the Magpies – a tally which simply isn’t good enough for a side hoping to build upon their tenth place finish this time round.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that serious reinforcements are needed in the striking department if the North East giants are to move forward this season, and while the arrival of Salomon Rondon will certainly aid in that quest, so would the addition of Swansea’s Ayew.
The Ghana international was a rare bright spark in an otherwise miserable campaign for the South Wales outfit last term in scoring seven goals and laying on two assists for the Swans, a goal tally which would have placed him second on Newcastle’s goal-scoring charts last term.
Add that to the seven goals he scored for Aston Villa in the 2015/16 season, and it’s pretty clear that the 26-year-old has genuine pedigree at Premier League level, and as such would add a great deal of quality and indeed depth to Newcastle’s forward ranks.
Clearly, Benitez deserves huge credit for leading the Magpies to tenth place last term, but they were severely limited in the final third of the pitch last season to suggest that any improvement in league position will depend heavily on what attackers they sign this summer.
And with Joselu clearly not up to scratch, with his goal-scoring not good enough and his hold-up play unlikely to be any better than Rondon’s, the North East heavyweights must seek to join the race for Swansea’s Ayew to upgrade on the awful Spaniard.
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