According to Pete O’Rourke on the Twitter, Villa have offloaded Jordan Ayew to Premier League strugglers Swansea in exchange for Welsh fullback Neil Taylor.
It’s a good move for both teams, but Villa fans will miss Ayew more than Swansea fans will miss Taylor. This exchange marks an end to Ayew’s time at Villa where he never failed to entertain, despite a rather low tally in terms of production.
Aston Villa will be receiving some much needed depth in the left-back position where Jordan Amavi has been resting on his laurels for some time. Amavi’s performances of late have been rather below-average and one would expect this to be a warning shot fired in the direction of the lacklustre Frenchman.
Neil Taylor offers a similar attacking focus to Amavi - which is disappointing as it is the defensive qualities of Amavi that are letting him down. It’s pretty-much like for like which is good for depth, but bad for excitement.
As for Ayew, he is a victim of Villa’s attacking luxuries on the wing right now and is an expensive benchwarmer, considering Villa are in the market for a new striker. Villa could never get the best out of Ayew, who played at a much lower tempo than the rest of the Villa team. Jordan Ayew will now follow in his brother’s footsteps and will endure his second relegation battle in as many seasons.