Andre Ayew defends his West Ham stint as a success

Andre Ayew of West Ham United is treated by the physio following an injury during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in...

The Ghanaian was sold back to Swansea City on transfer deadline day.

West Ham United's French-born Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew (C) and West Ham United's Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang appeal to referee Jeremy Simpson (L) for a penalty during the FA Cup...West Ham United's French-born Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew (C) 

Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew has made the switch back to Swansea City from West Ham. According to the BBC, the Swans have paid around £18 million to bring him back to South Wales, which could rise to £20 million - the fee West Ham paid the club in 2016.

His time at West Ham was certainly not the most impressive. He failed to maintain an impact at the club, after picking up an injury in his very first game for the club. Once he recovered he headed off on international duty.

Andre Ayew of West Ham United is treated by the physio following an injury during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in...Andre Ayew of West Ham United is treated by the physio following an injury during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15, 2016 in...

But despite West Ham clearly writing off the forward, he feels he did well at the London Stadium. He explained to the Swansea City official website that he believes he performed well at West Ham, all things considered:

“As soon as I moved to West Ham, I got injured for a long time and then I went to the African Cup of Nations.

“But when I look at my statistics and my time from August until now, I think I am one of the most efficient players, if not the most efficient.

“I am not one of the players who played the most games, but I have no regrets.

“Things could have been much better if I had not got the injuries or if I’d played more games. But when I look at my statistics and those of others who play in my position and had more game-time than me, I don’t have to envy anyone.”

Andre Ayew of West Ham United celebrates after he scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at London Stadium on December 23,...Andre Ayew of West Ham United celebrates

Ayew managed to score 12 goals in total for West Ham in 50 appearances. That in itself is not a bad record. When you take into account his injury trouble and the fact he only started about half of those games and it is easy to see where Ayew is coming from.

But it was the simple fact West Ham did not feel they could rely on Ayew to stay fit and perform consistently that eventually proved his downfall.

Swansea fans will hope to get the Ayew they had when he initially joined the club back in 2015.

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