Who Ayew? A look at Jordan and Andre Ayew of Aston Villa and Swansea
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Who Ayew? A look at the new Swansea and Aston Villa Forwards
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Fantasy Premier League 2015/16 pre-season has been unbelievable exciting this year with the number of new players joining the Premier League from overseas and the potential is almost incalculable.
The problem is that most FPL managers (quite rightly) don’t like to put their faith in a player until he has been fully tested and proven himself in the Premier League. We can all recall players who have been a phenomenon in Dutch, French, German and Spanish leagues only to look average or worse at a Premier League outfit. The most recent that spring to mind are Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – at least Falcao is going to give it another go with Chelsea.
There has been a plethora of new talent join the top clubs as we would expcect, and big things are predicted for Depay and Darmian at United, Firmino at Liverpool and er… oh no, Chelsea already have a title winning squad… but remember Cuadrado and the excitement that surrounded him? But what about the new arrivals at some of the other clubs, the clubs where squad rotation is not such a risk to our Fantasy Premier League teams?
Today, we are going to focus on the Ayew brothers, that is Jordan (who has joined Villa) and Andre (who has joined Swansea). We will assess their potential in terms of points for the season and how well calibrated they are to adapt to the Premier League.
Jordan Ayew – Aston Villa – FPL PRICE: £6m
The younger of the two brothers, Jordan Ayew plays predominantly as a striker and has been bought to replace Christian Benteke following his transfer to Liverpool – not big shoes to fill then?
At just 23 years of age, the Ghanaian forward has joined from Lorient in a transfer that took to the headlines for the wrong reasons after he forced through a move to Aston Villa. In Ligue 1 last season he scored 12 goals and had 5 assists in 29 starts gaining 5 man of the match awards. His average rating on Whoscored.com was 7.03 and he averaged a fairly impressive 3.6 shots per game during the season.
At a price of just £6m Ayew could sit as your third cheap striker so the question remains – is he better than the alternatives? At that price, the main alternatives would be Jermain Defoe (£5.5m), Calum Wilson (£5.5m), Patrick Bamford (£6m) and Troy Deeney (£5.5m). Now, we have good things to say about all of these players, but only one of them has Premier League experience in Jermain Defoe (we predict about 10 goals for Defoe this season) and it would be easy for any of them to flop at the highest level. What we know of Jordan Ayew is that Tim Sherwood has said “He is perfectly suited to the Premier League”. He is a player that has pace, can take on defenders, has good feet and can dribble, so we could see him suiting Sherwood’s anticipated attacking style of play. He is not as strong as Benteke in the air and this could be his downfall in the Premier League.
He is a player that you could gamble on in the early weeks, with Agbonlahor being a doubt for the first gameweek of the season and with an away game against Bournemouth in the first week it could pay off.
With the exception of Man Utd at home, Villa actually have a very good run of early fixtures that sees them take on Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Sunderland and Leicester.
Who Ayew Jordan Ayew: We rate you a 7.5/10 - a solid cheap third attacker
Andre Ayew – Swansea – FPL PRICE: £7m
Andre Ayew has joined Swansea form Marseille following a very strong season in Ligue 1 last term. He scored 3 goals in his last 5 games in the league (May 2015) and finished the season with 10 goals from 2376 minutes of football, he also had 3 assists. His average rating was 7.42 on whoscored.com and he averaged exactly 2 shots per game.
He joins a Swansea side who were very well organised under Gary Monk last season and although they have lost their attacking talisman Wilfried Bony, they still look to have enough quality to pose a threat to most teams. Andre is not likely to get that many assists as his strengths lie in his dribbling and in the air, whilst he is also good at holding on to the ball which will fit in to Swansea’s style of play. He is a top class player and we think he will be suited to the Premier League well. Considering he plays predominantly on the wide left, he is not the greatest crosser of the ball but he will more than make up for that with his shooting prowess. He has a good chance of getting a repeat of the 10 goals he scored in Ligue 1 and with Swansea struggling for recognised senior strikers we expect him to play an advance role in the Swansea side – a position that he played in 5 times for Marseille last season.
Swansea have a tough opening fixture away to Chelsea but then life becomes slightly easier with a home tie against Newcastle and away trip to the Magpies neighbours Sunderland. The alternatives to Ayew in this price bracket are the untested Matt Ritchie (£6m), Liverpool duo Henderson and Milner, Schweinsteiger at Man Utd or Jack Wilshere at Arsenal. The advantage that Ayew has over some of these is a guaranteed starting place, but we prefer Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
Who Ayew Andre Ayew: We rate you 7/10 - a good threat for goals from midfield with good differential potential at only 4% ownership but with assists being limited he is not the perfect fit.
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