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David Moyes deserves credit for brave Andre Ayew decision

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David Moyes deserves credit for brave Andre Ayew decision

Andre Ayew has failed to fire since joining Swansea from West Ham in January.

Barring a miracle this weekend, Swansea City look set to be relegated to the Championship. The Swans need a massive swing in goal difference to overtake Southampton after Huddersfield Town drew with Chelsea yesterday evening.

A lot of fingers have been appointed in different directions in recent weeks, but one man who has been criticised is Ghanaian striker Andre Ayew. He rejoined Swansea from West Ham in January in a deal reported by the BBC to be £20 million. It was the same price which West Ham paid to sign the player from Swansea in 2016.

But his second coming to the Liberty Stadium has not gone to plan. Ayew has failed to score in his 11 Premier League games since heading back to South Wales. His poor form in front of goal since heading back to Swansea certainly vindicates West Ham’s decision to sell the player.

When West Ham boss David Moyes gave the thumbs up to his departure it raised some eyebrows at the London Stadium. Ayew leaving seemed to leave West Ham short in the attacking department, with just Championship striker Jordan Hugill arriving as a replacement.

(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Ayew went on to make his relief at leaving West Ham clear and fans at the London club were no doubt fearing he might have the last laugh when Swansea defeated the Hammers 4-1 back in March.


At that time Swansea had the momentum and West Ham were looking in trouble. The result moved the Welsh side out of the relegation zone and above West Ham on goal difference.

Now, just a few months down the line, and West Ham have the last laugh over their former forward.

Ayew looks set for relegation to the Championship whilst a Marko Arnautovic inspired West Ham side are safe and could even finish the season in the top-half of the Premier League table.

Moyes and West Ham had their critics for selling Ayew for £20 million back in January. But now it seems that it was the right move from the Hammers.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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