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What next for Andre and Jordan Ayew as Swansea City adjusts to the Championship?

Wednesday 27th June 2018

Swansea City's seven-year foray into Premier League football came to a rather expected end in May. After a protracted struggle to maintain top-flight status, changing managers in three successive seasons, the Swans eventually collapsed under the weight of pressure. Poor results condemned them to the Championship next campaign. 

It wasn't for lacking effort, though, as the players gave it their all to stay up. Cheif among them were the Ayew brothers. The siblings played an important role in helping the Welsh side put up a strong showing, beating the drop in two consecutive seasons.  

Andre emerged as one of Swansea's key performers, scoring 12 times in 34 appearances in 2015/16. It earned him a move to West Ham United for a club record fee. The Ghanaian suffered an injury-laden 18 months with the Hammers, yet his nine goals in 43 outings convinced the Swans to resign him. 

Back in Wales, Andre filed out with his brother, Jordan, who ended the season as the club's top goalscorer with seven strikes. However, it wasn't enough to avoid the drop.   

Long before the pair combined at Swansea, Andre and Jordan came a long way together, both at club and international level. Among their career highlights has been featuring alongside one another at French giants Marseille as well as the Ghana national team.  

At 28 and 26, each is still in their prime. Profitable years lie ahead for both. The difficulty in making an instant Premier League comeback means the siblings are unlikely to stick with the Swans beyond the summer.   

Graham Potter's task will require patience. Time is a commodity in limited supply for any footballer. Financial limitations at newly-relegated clubs also make it tough, if not impossible, to retain top talent.

Having fallen from the elite division, Swansea's top performers will no doubt be targeted. Bigger teams view such times as the perfect opportunity to strengthen. Andre and Jordan Ayew are appealing prospects.  

From the duo's perspective, a move away could enhance their careers. Jordan has previously taken that route, switching to the Swans in January 2017 after Aston Villa's relegation from the Premier League.  

Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson both left relegated Hull City last summer to join Leicester and Liverpool respectively. Swansea Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has already secured a transfer to West Ham United ahead of next season. 

The Ayew brothers may be in line to make their own moves in the coming weeks. They have both had mixed experiences in England. Despite regularly churning out excellent performances, they have also endured nightmares. The younger sibling has suffered relegation twice in a little over two seasons at Aston Villa and Swansea.   

Jordan is reportedly attracting interest from both Liverpool and Celtic. The Scottish champions seem his most likely destination. A £8 million bid from newly-promoted Fulham is rumoured to have been rejected. The Swans demand more for their star performer. 

Andre has the chance to move up a level, too. Returning to France could be on the cards. The Black Stars captain would improve Ligue 1's Nice. With Mario Balotelli's future looking uncertain, Patrick Vieira's side require a proven goalscorer. The Premier League could also come calling for the elder Ayew brother. 

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Emmanuel Odey

Emmanuel is a freelance journalist who lives and breathes the round leather game. He is a contributor on several platforms. You can follow him on Twitter for more.

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