Jordan Ayew and Tammy Abraham: Is finishing to blame for Swansea’s plight?
Swansea City are for all intents and purposes relegated after losing to Southampton on Tuesday and watching Huddersfield eke out a point against Chelsea last night. They are not mathematically eliminated but the goal difference the Swans must erase is nearly on the scale of the national debt. The Welsh side fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium in their fourth consecutive Premier League game without scoring.
In the second half, manager Carlos Carvalhal partnered Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew in attack. City chased a goal but the pair managed just two shots on target. The poor return has been symptomatic of the Swans’ recent problems.
If goals don't come, neither do results. The two strikers are partly to blame.
Swansea signed Tammy Abraham on a season-long from Chelsea after he scored 23 goals in 41 games for Bristol City in 2016/17. The 20-year-old got things off to a bright start with the Jacks, scoring four goals in his first eight league appearances. He’s only scored one since mid-October.
The England U21 has struggled to adapt to the step-up in quality. Abraham has failed to take a shot in nine of his last 18 league games. Consequently, he has become more of a bit-part player.
Ayew needs too many chances to score
Abraham has made just one league start for Swansea since December 2017, making way for Jordan Ayew to lead the line. The 26-year-old hasn’t fared any better. He’s had more chances than Abraham but has been considerably more wasteful.
Having a striker who can make the most of half-chances can be the difference in a relegation fight. Swansea haven’t had such luxury. Jordan Ayew, who joined the club from Aston Villa in January 2017, has needed far too many opportunities to buy a goal. The Ghanaian has converted only two of his last 18 shots.
He’s been a bit more consistent than Abraham in 2018, scoring four goals in his last 14 league appearances, but he’s still performing below expectations. It costs the Swans dearly. Ayew’s seven league goals in 2017/18 have come from 59 shots, meaning he’s taking 8.4 shots-per-goal this season.
Considering Ayew is only averaging one shot every 47 minutes, he’s hardly contributing to the cause. Abraham takes eight shots before scoring on average and averages one chance every 42 minutes.
Swansea not creative enough as a whole
But the two forwards aren’t the only ones not contributing.
Swansea are currently 18th in the Premier League table with 33 points from 37 games, three points adrift of safety. No side has scored fewer goals (27), averaged less shots-per-game (8.4), and hit the target less (2.5).
Swansea average a shot once every 11 minutes, hit the target once every 36, and average a goal every 123 minutes. They’ve also conceded exactly twice the amount of goals at the other end.
Ayew and Abraham have managed just 12 league goals between them this season but the supporting cast haven’t played their part either. Wilfried Bony only has two to his name. Andre Ayew hasn’t scored at all. If [when] Swansea suffer relegation, they can only blame themselves.