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Will Ayew be at West Ham next season?

Filed: Monday, 5th June 2017
By: Staff Writer #3

With the 2016-17 season drawing to a close, many of the questions that have hung in the air for the past ten months are being answered.

Back in December, 888sport asked which four Premier League teams would qualify for the Champions League this season and, following Manchester United’s Europa League final victory, we now know the number of teams in the question wasn’t right, never mind the answer!

However, as one season ends, questions about the one to come are inevitably supposed. One West Ham United supporters will be asking is whether André Ayew will still be with the club next season. And, a little more controversially, is it worth the Hammers keeping him?

The 27-year-old Ghana international has done OK since joining in August 2016, despite the thigh injury he suffered on his debut that kept him out for over three months, but was he worth the record £20.5million that West Ham paid to sign him from Swansea City? Could the club do better with the £30million it has been reported that Olympique Marseille would pay to get him back?

As ever when it comes to speculation, those reports should be taken with a pinch of salt. Ayew has given no clear indication of his intentions - the strongest suggestion that Ayew will return to the club he began his career with so far is a hint from his father. Former Marseille and Ghana midfielder Abedi Pele told a newspaper his son is flirting with the idea of returning to the Ligue 1.

"We will see from Marseille's recruitment this summer just how far they want to go,” Pele told The Sun. "It is possible that Andre will return to them one day. He is a child of the club, and Marseille made him into who he is today.

“He has a love for the club shirt, and the fans know that he is ready to do anything for his club.”

While Ayew made an immediate impact in the Premier League after joining Swansea in June 2015, scoring on his debut and notching 12 goals in his first season, he hasn’t had the best season for the Hammers. It will be a long time before we forget his miss against Liverpool earlier this month, when he struck the post twice from just two yards out. It was almost an understatement when Sky Sports commentator Graeme Souness declared: “It’s as bad as it gets.”

A player’s entire season cannot be judged on one unfortunate moment though, and he made amends in the following fixture at Burnley, scoring the winner providing the assist for the opener in a 2-1 win. He well and truly deserved his man of the match award from that game, and demonstrated that he’s put his injury woes behind him and is starting to regain his best form.

So, while we hope he stays, it would not be a tragedy if he left. After all, we’re the club that signed Dimitri Payet for £10.7 million and sold him back to the same club for £25 million. If we can do something similar with Ayew, it could well be in the best interests of the player and the club.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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