When Andre Ayew signed for West Ham in last summer’s transfer window, his signature was regarded as somewhat of coup given the impact he had at modest Welsh club, Swansea last term.
The 27-year-old Ghana international was brought in by Hammers boss, Slaven Bilic, who was looking to take the club to the next level after they moved from their much beloved Boleyn Ground to the modern London Olympic stadium.
He was signed for £20m, a club record deal, but unfortunately suffered a nasty injury just minutes into his debut for his club, a 2-1 defeat away at Chelsea after a seemingly innocuous challenge.
By the time he returned in November, the team was settled, though with varying degrees of success as they struggled to find consistency. Bilic had intended to play him behind the striker in the no 10 role, with the license to roam while scoring and creating goals alike.
However, the injury he sustained put paid to all that, as Bilic reverted to a three at the back system made famous by Antonio Conte at Chelsea. His lack of tactical flexibility worked against him when he returned as he could not play as part of a central midfield duo, or as a maurauding wing back.
He also went to the Nations Cup with Ghana and it is fair to say that his West Ham career has not kicked on as expected. Now is the time for him to stand up and be counted.
The club has brought in the likes of Robert Snodgrass to offer more competition for places in the forward line, and with the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll in imperious form, it’s time for the hardowrking Ghanaian to make his mark on the team.
£20m is a lot of money, and Ayew will do well to start repaying that faith shown in him.