Marseilles forward Andre Ayew played the whole game last night for the French club in their 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal in the Champions League group game, and the 23 year-old was a target of Newcastle over the summer, and the Magpies could follow-up their interest in January for the Ghanaian International.
Andre Ayew – happy enough at Marseilles
His bother Jordan is also at the Marseilles club, and the 20 year-old came on as a sub in the second half, and scored the Marseilles goal in stoppage time from a penalty, after Aaron Ramsey had fouled in the penalty box.
We don’t know what happened in the summer in the attempt to sign the Ghanaian winger, or how close we came to signing Andre, but he didn’t end up at Newcastle, and with Liverpool also said to be after the player, it may be difficult to get him on Tyneside.
And it seems that Andre is quite willing to bide his time in the south of France, and wait to see if he gets an opportunity to play in the Premier League.
The 45 times capped Ghanaian International had this to say in La Provence.
“I like a bit of everything about the Premier League, the atmosphere, the game, the fans.” “When I talk with friends who are there, they tell me that the mentality is different.”
“There is a lot of intensity, it is beautiful championship.” “There are beautiful clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool, both Manchester teams, Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham. They play nicely in beautiful stadiums and they can beat anyone at any time.”
“There are seven teams that can fight to be in the top five, it changes, it’s good.”
We suppose Andre included Newcastle in the seven teams that can fight it out to be in the top five in England, and of course we did finish 5th last year.
It’s not clear who the targets will be this January, but we still need another striker, and maybe a fast and skillful winger would also be good.
Andre or his younger brother Jordan would both be good acquisitions for Newcastle, but January is still a long way off.
And by then the goal has be to have Newcastle in the top seven or so when January rolls around, and then owner Mike Ashley can strengthen the side for s a second half season push for a good finish in the league.
But there again – maybe not.
What do you think?
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