A week or so ago, Crystal Palace were reported to be close to agreeing a permanent deal for Swansea City forward Jordan Ayew, only to see negotiations hit the skids when Eagles midfielder Jairo Riedewald refused to go the other way as part of the package.
Fast forward to now and the Ghanaian attacker is far from happy about the prospect of spending another season on the Swans’ books, prompting him to go on strike in an attempt to force a move before Thursday’s transfer deadline. It’s a decision that has seen him come in for mountains of criticism from the Welsh outfit’s fan-base but quite clearly, the man himself isn’t bothered, worrying only about his chances of playing Premier League football between now and May.
New boss Graham Potter wasn’t shy in admitting that Ayew was refusing to train with the squad when quizzed about his future by the press yesterday, stating that Swansea would be prepared to let him leave but only for a price that he and the club’s board deemed acceptable for a player of his ability. It’s an admirable stance from Swansea and could well see Ayew stuck in limbo if the looming deadline passes without any further movement.
I dare say Potter himself is keen to shift anyone who doesn’t want to buy into his plans before it’s too late but alongside that, he’ll be realistic to know that the people behind the scenes are not going to part with last season’s top scorer (he got 11) unless they are compensated appropriately.
There were Palace fans on both sides of the fence over Ayew’s actions when the news broke yesterday. Some were pleased to see a player so keen to join us whilst plenty were quick to suggest that those who will readily refuse to train whilst still under contract are unlikely to be good for team morale in the long-run.
With little over 24 hours to run until the transfer deadline passes, it promises to be a stressful time for Jordan, I hope for his sake he isn’t left out in the cold.