Namely through his strong performances for Ghana on the international scene, Marseille’s Andre Ayew is a player who seemingly attracts widespread Premier League attention with every passing transfer window. It should perhaps come as no surprise though – as with his strong turn of pace and keen eye for goal – the 25-year-old rising star would surely be a big hit on English shores.
As his time at the Stade Velodrome is seemingly now approaching its end with the attacking frontman failing to agree a new contract with the Ligue 1 club for the new season, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have emerged as strong contenders to sign the Ghanaian international through the summer and introduce the no. 10’s vast array of attacking talents to the Premier League.
With Newcastle United also staking a claim as long-term admirers of the current Marseille man however, would a move to Tottenham really suit the services of Andre Ayew, or would the player ultimately find a better career for himself on Tyneside with the Magpies? The outcome remains yet to be decided…
As the son of former Ghana legend Abedi Pelle – Andre Ayew and his younger brother Jordan have seemingly taken French football by storm during their time in Ligue 1. Andre simply goes down as a born winner. He has spurred his Ghanaian national team on to triumphant victories in the past with his impressive consistency and leadership qualities but the forward has also proven a valuable asset for both his goalscoring ability and his tendency to set-up his team-mates on regular occasions.
In line with such reasoning, the African star would likely prove a success for Tottenham should Spurs ultimately manage to land their man during the summer transfer window. Alongside the likes of Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, and of course Harry Kane, the current Marseille favourite would allow Mauricio Pochettino to continue in the attacking manner that has so far been a hallmark of the Argentinean’s time at White Hart Lane.
That said, Andre Ayew just isn’t the out-in-out centre-forward that Tottenham somewhat require right now. He therefore wouldn’t slot in as a perfect replacement for either Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado, and may see his game time in north London restricted by the many other attacking wingers/midfielders that already make up a great portion of the current Spurs squad.
Tottenham have a tendency to be a bit carefree with their transfer activity, which whilst turning out successful in some cases, can simply prove troublesome for many of the past and present talents that have at one time been on the club’s books. Lewis Holtby is one of many players to be forced to look elsewhere for first team action as a Spurs player, whilst the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Steven Piennar have even had to return to their former clubs with their tails between their legs off the back of a failed Tottenham career in recent years.
As a result of this a trend, it would be a shame to see a talent such as Andre Ayew be wasted at White Hart Lane in such a similar manner. For that reason alone, a move to St. James’ Park would ultimately offer the Ghanaian star a better opportunity to stake a claim for himself in the Premier League.
Newcastle may not be able to realise the same European ambitions as a club like Tottenham can. Their own questionable background activity has led to a distinct lack of investment in the team in recent seasons – and as the fans currently seem to be in a state of limbo regarding Mike Ashley’s position with their club – the Tynesiders aren’t exactly the happiest bunch in English football at the moment.
That said, Newcastle usually know how to get the best out of their most exciting prospects. Tottenham simply can’t compare on a consistent level in this field, and although there will certainly be less high profile stars at St. James’ for Ayew to potentially link up with should he make the move, the footballing philosophy of the club and its fans would definitely seem like a good match for the player.
Whilst Tottenham’s interest in Andre Ayew does in fact remain positive and sincere, a move to Newcastle would ultimately better suit the Ligue 1 star in terms of stability and future potential. Unless Mike Ashley sources an adequate replacement for Alan Pardew in the not too distant future however, such ambitious transfer targets will likely remain elusive for Newcastle United and the St. James’ faithful.