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Jordan Ayew - The World Cup striker that got away from West Brom this summer

Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew could have signed for West Brom this summer, the now Lorient forward has four goals and four assist this season.

During the summer, West Bromich Albion were heavily linked with a move for Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew. The striker was keen to leave Marseille and the Premier League had often been linked with the 23-year-old.

Baggies fans will point to Saido Berahino’s seven goals in 14 games and suggest they didn’t need Ayew, but with only 14 goals overall and a position at the bottom of the table, Alan Irvine could definitely have worked a second striker into his squad, especially with Ideye Brown, Victor Anichebe and Georgios Samaras combining for a grand total of one goal.

There was a lot of expectation placed on the shoulders of Nigerian forward Ideye when West Brom paid Dynamo Kyiv £8.8 million for the 25-year-old. Even more expectation now that he has failed to find the net after four appearances.

Everton, Liverpool and Hull City were all linked to the Ghanaian, but it was French side Lorient that won Ayew’s signature, paying around £3.5 million for the international striker.

After starting slowly this season, once the former Marseille forward found his feet, the performances have followed. Lorient lost Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar this summer, and it was Ayew’s job to replace the 16 goals the FC Porto man scored.

In the last seven games, Ayew has scored three times and laid on four, taking his total to four and four this season. On Tuesday night he tucked away a penalty against his old side Marseille to help Lorient win a vital point.

That’s three games unbeaten now for Les Merlus and Ayew has either contributed a goal or an assist in those three games. The more he plays, the greater his influence over the team is becoming.

For West Brom, Berahino is now being heavily linked with a move away from the Hawthorns. With his side already down in 16th place and suffering a run of four defeats in a row, any departure from the England under-21 striker could be disastrous move.

If only they had a versatile striker that could add both goals and assists to the attack. Jordan Ayew looks like he could be the one that got away from the Midlands club this summer.

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