Will Swansea Struggle Without Ayew

Last season Swansea were extremely reliant on their Ghanaian talisman.

Of Swansea’s 42 goals last season Ayew was involved in 14 of them, which equates to a third of all Swansea’s conversions. His incredible work rate, decision making, and deceptive aerial presence made Ayew stand out in what was a poor Swansea team last term. Which begs the question, how will they replace his presence.

Bafetimbi Gomis struck up an extremely effective partnership with Ayew last year, but at 31 he is not the player he was, and for some crazy reason has been allowed to leave on loan. This accompanied by the sale of Alberto Paloschi leaves Swansea perilously short on attacking players, with Euro 2016 winner Eder also leaving for Lille.

As such, new signing Fernando Llorente is the only real striker on the books aside from squad player Marvin Emnes, who few would argue is good enough to save Swansea from the drop. Llorente is undoubtedly a good buy, having scored goals wherever he’s been and playing european football for the majority of his career. But relying on ageing target men is often a feature of many relegated teams (Just see fulham with Berbatov in 2014) and Swansea will need something more.

Llorente is a good replacement for Gomis, if not something of an improvement, but on Ayew there is not yet anyone to fill the void.

This is why the signing of Borja, a target who plied his trade in La Liga last season is key for the Swans to maintain their Premier League survival. All the promoted sides such as Middlesborough and Hull seem stronger than your average promoted side, and the rest of the league has invested heavily across the board. So Swansea need to follow suit.

If the Borja transfer goes through and a partnership between Llorente and the Atleti striker flourishes, the Swans will be fine.

With an emerging Modou Barrow also doing well, it may not all be doom and gloom after Ayew Sale after all.

But that Borja signing is key.

 

Why Jonny Evans might not be a terrible purchase.

When it comes to recent Man Utd rejects, the clear message is to stay away.

Almost all including Wes Brown, John O’shea, Fabio, and Mikael Silvestre were hidden in a very organised Ferguson team which particularly shielded defensive players from issues they would face at ‘lesser clubs’.

So any purchase of such a player should be considered carefully.

Jonny Evans it must be said, is one of these people. Which makes you wonder why in one of the most demanding transfer windows in memory, the Gunners are linked to the Northern Irish stalwart.

However perhaps it is because when it comes to Jonny Evans he isn’t the same as the others. For one he is not of the same age profile that we are used to with Manchester throwaways, at 28 Evans is in his prime. Equally concerning experience there are few better, having played in Champions League ties at the Bernabeu. Bear in mind the guy has 9 major trophies, which means that aside from Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech he would be the club’s most decorated player.

Add to that battling against relegation on loan at Sunderland, and a scrap at West Brom last year, and Evans is pretty much as experienced as you can get when it comes to the Premier league. Equally his no nonsense, defensive approach, and 6’2 frame mean he may be precisely what Arsenal need in terms of a centre back alongside Koscielny and to replace Mertesacker. Such experience and style of play lend themselves to being a leader, and that is precisely what Arsenal need.

Not going to lie, Arsenal do probably need someone better. (Shkrodan Mustafi)

But with Gabriel extremely inconsistent, both Koscielny and Mertesacker over 30, and Wenger for some reason insistent that Chambers can’t go centre back, the Gunners desperately need some depth at the back.

Evans is better than nothing.