18 Aug 2015

'Superb': Redknapp hails £16m attacker who's 'supported Liverpool for 20-years'. Sign next summer?

Over the last few years, Liverpool have been regularly linked with a move for self-confessed Liverpool fan Andre Ayew, yet despite his availability this summer, the Reds seemingly decided against pursuing a deal. After two goals in two games, ex-LFC midfielder Jamie Redknapp is convinced that the Ghana international will be a big hit in the Premier League, and if his first two games are anything to go by, Brendan Rodgers may regret the decision to ignore Ayew.

In his column for the Daily Mail over the weekend, Redknapp enthused:

"Swansea fans will be delighted with Andre Ayew. He already looks like he has been at the club forever. He [is] instantly comfortable with the pace of the game, his work rate [is] superb and he's shown some good skill".

Ayew is a Liverpool fan, and he's confirmed this on several occasions:

* Jun 2013: He told Telefoot: "I am Ghanaian and an English speaker, and I have a strong preference for England. As for Liverpool - I followed them as a child"

* Feb 2015: Ayew enthused: “All my life I have been a Liverpool fan. It would be an honour play there"

* Apr 2015: He told reporters: "I've supported them [Liverpool] for 20 years. My dream is to play in the Premier League, but it's true that I'm a Liverpool fan".

Ayew - whose Swansea deal is reportedly worth £16m over 4 years - is a versatility attacker who can play as a winger, or a striker, and with a career average of one goal/assist every 2.4 games, his creative output is consistent.

As such, it's a little strange that Rodgers didn't pursue the deal, especially given the fact he was available on a FREE transfer.

Granted, Ayew probably got a big signing-on fee, but I'm sure the same applies to James Milner, and to be honest, I'd happily swap Milner (or Lallana) for Ayew right now.

Why is it that Ayew can score two goals in two games in his first week in the Premier League, but Lallana - who has copious Premier League experience - can't score more than two goals in 8 months for Liverpool?

It's early days yet, but Liverpool may have missed out on a massive transfer bargain. If the Reds had even looked in Ayew's direction he probably would've signed for the club, and it's a shame that another experienced international attacker has fallen by the wayside.

Don't worry, though. If Ayew - hailed by Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah as 'a player of world-class technical ability - has a great season for Swansea, Liverpool will probably sign him next summer for £20m.

Author: Jaimie K


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