Swansea City

Just how big is Jordan Ayew’s return to action for Swansea City? How his hard-working approach can offer Swans the balance they’ve missed

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After receiving an early red card at Huddersfield, Jordan Ayew’s suspension is now over and he will return to the squad on Saturday.

The Ghanaian international has scored six goals this season, and five of them have come in the second part of the season. Last time he delivered was actually the last Premier League game Swansea played at the Liberty – the impressive 4-1 win against West Ham.

Jordan Ayew’s resurrection in 2018 can be explained with the Swans’ January signing of his brother Andre. His return to Liberty saw them uniting on the pitch for the second time after playing together in Olympique de Marseille in the initial rise of their careers.

In his pre-match press conference, Carlos Carvalhal highlighted the importance of Jordan Ayew’s return to the squad. He said: “To me, he is one of the best attackers in the Premier League and we are very happy to have him back.”

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The manager’s words should give us a hint that Ayew will be amongst the starting eleven against Everton on Saturday.

Swansea’s number 10 will also be motivated by Tammy Abraham’s goal against West Brom last week. Given the long-term ankle injury Wilfried Bony is suffering, those two will inevitably be the ones who will be expected to keep the Swans out of trouble by the end of the campaign.

It is also fair to say that his style of play is better suited to Carlos Carvalhal’s tactics and formation, than compared to former boss Paul Clement.

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Ayew’s defensive contribution is one of his key characteristics while Abraham finds it more difficult to cope with both attacking and defensive duties, and the two players have offered balance between them this season.

Ayew has completed 157 tackles so far this season compared to Abraham’s 10. As for interceptions, the Ghanaian’s number of 53 is simply incomparable to the English youngster’s total of zero.

Those statistics, paired with his goalscoring form for the Swans this season show why Jordan Ayew’s return should provide the Swans with a real boost.

He is certainly one of the key men in this Swansea team who can play a big part in helping Carvalhal’s men to safety and his return will give everyone around SA1 a welcome boost with the tough run of fixtures the club now have to negotiate.

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