The talent of Jordan Ayew is not in doubt, even his legendary father Abedi Pele said that the 25-year-old is the most talented member of the famous football family. Despite all his potential, Jordan has not been able to make an appreciable impact like his elder brother Andre.
His career has seen him change five clubs in the last four years. His deadline day move to Swansea City from Aston Villa could be one of the most important decisions ever. He has said that he needs to find stability, and he hopes to find it with the Swans where his brother is still held in high esteem after his impressive season that saw them maintain their place in the Premier League.
However, the Swans have struggled this season and sit one point above the drop zone ahead of Sunday’s game against reigning champions Leicester City, who are also struggling to keep their heads above relegation waters.
The Swans have been enjoying some resurgence of late where they have won two of their last three matches. But they will need the inventiveness of Jordan as manager Paul Clement believes the Ghanaian possesses a lot of potential that could help his side.
“His performances at Aston Villa were mixed I think, but we see him as someone who has talent and who can have a big impact here. He is quick, he can run with the ball and he can score goals,” said Clement after Jordan scored a spectacular strike against the Democratic Republic of Congo in the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Jordan’s skill was not in doubt when he took his markers apart before firing past the Leopards’ goalkeeper from outside the box. Everyone who saw that move knew that Swansea had made a good purchase.
Apart from the uproar among Swansea fans around his decision to pick the No.3 jersey as an out and out striker (oddly compatriot Asamoah Gyan wears the same number), there has been a lot of positive talk among the fans.
Fan blogs like Forza Swansea say they are “expecting big things” and expect that he proves to be better than his brother who was their top scorer in the 2015/16 season. If there is a time and place where Jordan needs to prove himself, it is here and now.
His decision not to return to the comfort of France’s Ligue 1 but stay to fight it out in the English Premier League is one of courage. But now he has to prove his father right and show that he is the best in the Ayew clan.
Swansea holds a lot of promise, Jordan must work hard and hope that the stars align in order to realise his true potential in England.