We didn’t know too much about Marseilles’ 23 year-old winger/striker Andre Ayew, when we saw the report in France on Thursday morning, that Newcastle were interested in the son of the three-time African Footballer of the Year Abedi Pele, but the more we’ve looked into this player’s record, he would seem to be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
Andre Ayew – looks like an excellent striker/winger
The 43 times capped Ghanaian International can play up front as a striker or on the wing, and the 23 year-old joined Marseilles from Nania in 2005, when he was just 15 years old.
Last season Andre scored 13 goals and had 5 assists in 45 appearances for Marseilles, and he had loan spells at Lorient in 2008–2009 and at Arles-Avignon the following season.
Ayew scores most of his goals from inside the penalty box, and about half of his goals come from headers, and while not particularly tall at 5’9″, he is a good header of the ball, and that’s something we don’t currently have at Newcastle.
Andre is said to be rated at around £10M, and Liverpool are also credited with an interest in Ayew, who was born in Seclin, a community just outside of Lille to Ghanaian parents, and he could well be one of Newcastle major targets next week.
Ayew could be used at Newcastle in a 4-3-3 formation as one of the wide men up front, and he always looks to get into the penalty box, which is where he scores most of his goals, so he would certainly fit in with the styles of Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.
Newcastle are really short of scoring power since Demba Ba left in January, so if we can get Bafe Gomis on Tyneside next week, and this 23 year-old, they would both appear to be decent buys for the club, although the £10M fee may be a bit too high for Newcastle, given the frugal way in which Mike Ashley is currently running the club.
Sorry to bring that up.
The latest report on Newcastle’s interest in the 23 year-old is in the Express, and since Alan Pardew said he was hoping Newcastle can bring in a couple of players next week – maybe Andre will be one of them.
Andre is the right age at just 23, and he still has time to develop as a footballer, and he could do that on Tyneside, although we don’t know what the real level of interest is from Liverpool, who could outbid Newcastle for the player.
What do you think?
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