Everton: Andre Ayew could be Rondon 2.0
Everton could now make a risky deadline day transfer to solve their striker issue…
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That’s according to 90min, who just last night reported that the Toffees were one of several Premier League clubs showing interest in Ghana striker Andre Ayew.
The 33-year-old had featured at the most recent World Cup and had formerly earned success in England with Swansea City.
Would Andre Ayew be a good signing?
Whilst options are limited for Sean Dyche, this deal has worrying shades of Rafa Benitez’s decision to sign Salomon Rondon on a free in 2021.
In a desperate search to find cover for the injury-prone Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Benitez sought out the Venezuelan who had spent his recent years just like him, in Chinese football.
As such, his fitness was incredibly poor, and it took him months to get back up to speed with the English game. Then, even when he had done, his physique and age failed him on every occasion.
Despite making 31 appearances for the Merseyside outfit he would score only three times, with two of those goals coming against Boreham Wood in the cup.
His presence at Goodison Park was a constant reminder of the miserable regime that nearly saw them relegated, and offered an indicator as to just how far this great club had fallen.
Ayew, having recently seen his contract in Saudi Arabia terminated, would likely only exacerbate this claim.
Having once been dubbed “explosive” by writer Mohammed Ali, it is unlikely he has retained this sharpness that made him a once impressive footballer for this division. It must be remembered that Rondon once shone for West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.
The ageing marksman also boasted just three goals this campaign in the Stars League, but admittedly had notched 15 in 21 last campaign.
Despite this, having left England to play in a league with far less quality for a few years now, he is sure to be way off the pace. Dyche cannot afford any passengers in his journey to avoid relegation, and with the huge fee just received for Anthony Gordon he must aim much higher.
The worrying similarities between that description of Ayew’s recent career path and that of Rondon before he joined should be enough to ward off Everton from this deal.