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Ayew can succeed Gyan as Ghana's top striker, says Lamptey

11:57 PM SGT 5/10/18
Jordan Ayew
The former midfielder believes the Crystal Palace striker can take over from the Black Stars captain

Former Ghana midfielder Nii Odartey Lamptey believes Jordan Ayew is the man to replace Asamoah Gyan as Ghana's number one striker, with the latter entering the twilight of his career.

Gyan, 33, has not played with the Black Stars for thirteen months following recurrent injury issues, but was named in the squad to face Sierra Leone in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.   

Lamptey believes the younger Ayew could put an end to coach Kwesi Appiah’s search for Gyan’s successor.

"Jordan Ayew will be the rightful successor to Asamoah Gyan," Lamptey said, according to Ghanasoccernet.

"He has the capacity to replicate what Asamoah has done and he's young enough to grow in time. He can deliver the goal," he added.

Ayew is currently on a season-long loan at Crystal Palace from Swansea City. He boasts of 46 appearances and 12 goals for the Black Stars.