Crystal Palace signed Jordan Ayew on a season long loan deal from Swansea. The striker joins Palace as their fourth signing of the transfer window after Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer joined earlier on in the window.
Jordan Ayew has extensive international experience with Ghana, with 49 appearances and 11 goals, even scoring a hat-trick against South Korea in 2014. He has represented Ghana in the 2014 World Cup and three Africa Cup of Nations.
Here’s what Ayew has had to say about his move to Crystal Palace:
“I am very pleased to be here. It’s been a long transfer window but finally I got a move. The important thing for me now is to get fit and to be in good shape, and I know the manager wants to use me up front and make things happen.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential (6.0m)
Ayew had refused to train with Swansea since their relegation from the Premier League, which does show the volatility of the forward. That said, he was named their player’s player of last season after scoring 11 goals in 44 appearances. Ayew does have experience in the Premier League having played 80 games, scoring 15 and assisting another 5.
The Ghanaian has been priced at £6.0m in Fantasy Premier League, which is more than the likes of Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth, but less than Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke. It is likely that the Eagles’ main partnership will be Benteke and Zaha, with the latter signing a new 5 year deal recently, but just one injury to either of these players would see an opportunity for Ayew to get some game time in the Premier League once again.
Crystal Palace’s next 5 fixtures are; Watford (A), Southampton (H), Huddersfield (A), Newcastle (H) and Bournemouth (A). A kind run of fixtures for Palace but for Ayew to be a consideration, he will need to get some game time against Liverpool in gameweek 2, as Zaha and Benteke will represent better prospects for £0.5m – £1.0m more.