Could West Ham's Enner Valencia replace Andre Ayew at Swansea?
Enner Valencia looks set to complete a loan deal to move to Swansea City on transfer deadline day, as per reports from BBC Sport. The West Ham forward joined the Hammers in 2014, and has made 38 league appearances since his arrival, whether playing on the wing or as the main striker. With the possible arrival of another forward at West Ham before the deadline shuts, Valencia looks set to be on his way to Wales. But would the move suit him?
The forward would arguably fit in well at Swansea, who recently lost Andre Ayew to West Ham in a £20 million deal. A striker is probably what the South Wales outfit need the most, even if he isn’t the most prolific. The £12 million rated forward offers mobility and strength in the final third, and can play on the wing due to his pace. He could combine well with the likes of Glyfi Sigurdsson and offer something different to the likes of Fernando Llorente.
While Llorente would be the big name striker, the Spanish star would play as the target man or the goal poacher. He wouldn’t offer much in the name of pace, or runs in behind, whereas a player such as Valencia could offer that.
Replacing Ayew might not be as tough a challenge as first thought, however. The Ghana forward scored 12 goals in 34 league appearances since joining Swansea in 2015. Most of his goals came during the early parts of the season, and his goals and form tailed off towards the end of the season. Perhaps the combination of all Swansea’s new forwards, added with the pace and presence of Valencia, could find a way to contribute more goals.
With less than 12 hours left in the transfer market, this is a deal that could get done rather quickly, as it is only a loan deal. Swans manager Francesco Guidolin could soon have a strike-force on his hands that didn’t look possible only a few weeks ago, when West Han took Ayew from them. After the losses of captain Ashley Williams to Everton, and Ayew to West Ham, could Swansea fans finally have something to cheer about, in the thought of their new look attack?
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