West Brom have been linked with a late move for Swansea forward Andre Ayew as their search for a new striker goes on.
The Baggies are still yet to bring in the striker they so desperately need and it seems the West Midlands club have identified Ayew as a potential signing.
The Daily Mail has linked the Ghana captain with a move to the Hawthorns following his early-season performances for Swansea.
Ayew has scored one goal in the Championship and helped the Swans to an unbeaten start in the English second tier, but is he the man the Baggies need?
He showed great strikers instinct to score his solitary goal this season. Timing his run to perfection and getting away from his defender to put a teasing cross into an empty net.
This is exactly what the Baggies need. Callum Robinson, who has been the forward of choice this season, doesn’t make those runs and doesn’t have the striker’s instinct to gamble on a cross as Ayew does in this instance.
But Ayew’s attacking stats from the early days of this season show a forward who is playing at nothing more than an ok level. He has managed to get 50% of his shots on target while registering a 66.7% successful dribble rate. These stats aren’t outstanding, but it is hard to judge a player based purely off four games.
If we look at Ayew’s stats from last season they do show a similar trend. But last term the striker only managed to get 42.3% of his shots on target and a 53.2% successful dribble rate.
These stats were good enough to bag Ayew 15 goals in the Championship last year, but it is hard to see how he would score more than a couple in the Premier League with those types of performances.
Across last season Ayew only won 36.7% of his aerial duels and only 51.8% of his total actions were successful, these really aren’t the stats of a striker who is capable of keeping a team in the Premier League, even if he does show the odd moment of quality.
The links with Ayew show a club who are desperate to bring in a striker in one form or another. While Ayew does have plenty of top-flight knowledge, experience doesn’t equal goals.