Carlton Palmer urges Leeds United to sign free agent Andrew Ayew
Former Leeds United star Carlton Palmer reckons signing Andrew Ayew could be a good signing for the Whites.
The Ghana international forward is a free agent after leaving Swansea City at the end of the season and is expected to attract some of the biggest clubs in the land.
Ayew scored 17 Championship goals and assisted four more in 2020-21 after ending 2019-20 with 16 league strikes and seven assists.
Swansea reached the Championship play-offs in both seasons but were not able to secure promotion.
The 31-year-old will fancy his chances of replicating such performances in the top-flight, and Palmer has told Leeds to have a go at signing him.
“Swansea have only let him go because they didn’t get promoted and he’s their highest-paid player,” the ex-Leeds midfielder told The Transfer Tavern.
“17 goals in the Championship, 16 goals the season before stands to reason that he will go up and score goals in the Premier League.
“If he weighs in with 10 or 12 goals for you, and you take him on a free, that could be some good business.”
Does a reunion make sense?
Ayew and Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa were together at Marseille in 2014-15, and the former West Ham United forward was linked with an Elland Road move in January 2020 [GSN].
However, the attacking midfielder poured cold water on the links despite dubbing the Argentine ‘an incredible manager’ and admiring the ‘very very strong relationship’ they had at Marseille [Canal+].
Leeds are not currently short of options in attack, with Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Helder Costa, Tyler Roberts and Ian Poveda-Ocampo all available options for Bielsa.
While they could do with another number 9 this summer, Ayew is nothing more than a short-term option, and his numbers in the top-flight are not impressive.
He has just 21 goals in 89 Premier League games, and seems more suitable for the Championship instead.
Despite being a free agent, the Ghanian commands hefty wages, and Leeds should be looking elsewhere for the attacking reinforcement they need.
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