Last night, Crystal Palace announced the arrival of Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan from Swansea City with an option for the Eagles to purchase the Ghanaian during the January transfer window and it didn’t take long for the 26-year-old to try and ingratiate himself with his new supporters.
Having suffered the heartbreak of relegation with the Swans back in May, it’s been clear throughout the summer that Jordan was keen to return to the Premier League rather than slog it out in the Championship, making Palace the perfect destination for him.
With Bakary Sako turning down the contract offer we put in front of him back in May, the need to source an attacking replacement for him has been staring us in the face ever since and although we left it late, it’s difficult not to feel as though we’ve secured a significant upgrade by bringing Ayew in.
Any conversations you have about him with fans of Aston Villa or Swansea are likely to begin with questions over his character but last term, he managed to secure awards for “Players’ Player of the Season” and “Goal of the Season” whilst ending up as the top scorer in south Wales; a record that flies in the face of any debate as to his overall value on the field.
With an attack and midfield that now boasts the likes of Zaha, Townsend, Milivojevic, Meyer, Kouyate, Ayew, McArthur and Benteke, it’s fair to say that Roy Hodgson’s side will worry a few defences between now and the end of the season, ideally leading to us having a relatively stress-free campaign, free from any serious worries over the looming threat of relegation.
It’s difficult to know how we’ll fare in the opening game of the calendar against Fulham tomorrow but for the first time in years, I’m feeling truly calm ahead of the big kick-off. Let’s see how long this sense of tranquility lasts.