Crystal Palace opinion – Hodgson wants to sign Jordan Ayew – good move?
According to a report in Sun, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson wants to make Jordan Ayew his first permanent signing in the upcoming transfer window. A deal around £4m is expected to be finalised once the move is agreed.
The 27-year-old has been with the Eagles since last summer, on loan from Swansea City. He has featured 18 times for them in the league this season (five appearances from the bench).
As per the report, Hodgson feels Ayew could be a decent squad player for them. With top-flight football guaranteed for next season, the gaffer is aiming at completing this deal as soon as possible (h/t Sun).
Here’s why Palace and their manager’s decision to sign the Ghanaian on a permanent deal could turn out to be shrewd:
Ayew has limitations but he can be effective
Crystal Palace have had problems in the attacking department for some time now. They are dependent on Wilfried Zaha to create the chances or score some of them to win the games.
They have scored 40 goals in 34 league games this season and sit 13th in the table. It shows that this team is built on defence rather than attack.
Jordan Ayew was signed on loan to add a bit more to their attacking play but the Ghanaian has flittered in and out in terms of creating the impact on the field.
He can play as a striker or as one of the wingers and work hard without the ball. However, his work on the ball is at par with what Palace have. Occasionally, we have seen the 27-year-old producing something beneficial though. He has scored one goal and supplied two assists this season.
Hence, in a way, it makes sense that the club sees him as a squad player, and not as the one who would start most games.
In that way, signing Ayew could be a shrewd move because he can make some impact by coming off the bench, or work hard for the team if a lead is to be protected.
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All in all, we can conclude that Jordan Ayew has limitations in his game, but having him as a squad player and using him for small periods in games could turn out to be a clever move by Roy Hodgson.