Deadline Day rarely passes without Crystal Palace doing some sort of business and yesterday proved to be no different with the Eagles completing a season-long loan deal for Swansea City attacker Jordan Ayew. Once it was all signed and sealed, Steve Parish was on hand to speak to Sky Sports, expressing his happiness at landing the Ghanaian, whilst also discussing the fact that Wilfried Zaha remains an Eagle.
Having seen Mali international Bakary Sako head towards the exit-door at the end of last season, everyone in SE25 knew that the club would need to secure a direct replacement and now, we have that man in the shape of Ayew. For all the noise that’s generated over the attacker’s supposedly poor attitude, Palace boss Roy Hodgson is clearly a big fan and views his goals and general threat-level in the final third as a significant upgrade on what he had at his disposal last term.
After ending the 2017/18 campaign as the Swans’ top scorer, thanks to goals against Palace in both the home and away fixtures, Ayew himself will no doubt be looking to hit double figures again in a bid to end any worries about a potential relegation battle early on in the new season. His arrival was clearly something that excited Parish and rightly so, given the pace and power we now boast as an attacking unit.
Predictably, the Palace chairman was also quizzed about the fact that Wilfried Zaha remains on Palace’s books following the closure of the window, prompting him to speak about the immense quality the 25-year-old possesses. We as supporters have seen speculation surrounding our star man in the past and must prepare for another month of intense speculation in January but for now, we can at least look forward to four months of Wilfried terrorising defences free from speculation over his immediate future.