Crystal Palace have officially confirmed the arrival of Jordan Ayew from Swansea City on a season-long loan deal.
Ayew was a bright spot for the Swans last season in an otherwise bleak campaign which saw the Welsh outfit relegated from the Premier League.
Last time out, Ayew found the back of the net 11 times in all competitions, and made a further 3 assists for his teammates. Beyond end product, Ayew was a constant source of energy, and his industry at the top of the pitch was a key factor in the club’s mini revival under Carlos Carvalhal.
Last season, Crystal Palace couldn’t rely on their own centre-forward, Christian Benteke, to be even close to clinical or prolific in front of goal.
The arrival of Ayew, to provide competition to Benteke for a starting role, is a great bit of business on the Eagles’ part and could transform the attacking play at Selhurst Park next season.
Not only would Ayew provide able back up to the big Belgian striker, but his versatility could see him become an even greater asset for Palace.
Capable of operating effectively up front, on either flank or as a central attacking-midfielder, Ayew could fulfil multiple roles within Roy Hodgson’s side. Ayew boasts the pace, skill, vision and technical ability to be effective in each of these positions.
Palace struggled for depth across their forward line last summer, and will be hopeful that the Ghanaian can prove himself to be an able deputy to the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.
The 26-year-old is arriving at Palace in good form, and represents an excellent acquisition for the Eagles.