Jordan gradually knocking Andre off his shining perch

Andre Ayew was making the headlines between him and brother Jordan Ayew at the start of the season, but Jordan has done a great job in recent weeks as he gradually knocks his elder brother off his shining perch, Kwame Boakye writes

There were two Ayews who transferred to the English Premier League at the start of the season but Andre’s instant hit make it seem like though the other Ayew had stayed in the French League.

Already tagged as a bad boy at Olympique Marseille, Jordan Ayew’s little tussle with FC Lorient officials in forcing a move to Premier League side Aston Villa did not help his reputation among Villa fans who did not know the Ghanaian forward very well.

For Andre, it was just a fun ride. Top clubs across Europe wanted his signature. He likeable self and hardworking reputation made Marseille fans unable to hate him even though he decided not to stay with the French club after they offered another deal.

How could you hate a guy who shed more tears at his farewell than Janet Jackson did at Michael Jackson’s funeral?


The Black Stars vice-captain’s transfer to Premier League club Swansea City did not need time to mature into a great deal. The player literally hit the ground running with a great debut against Champions Chelsea, scoring a goal to secure a point for his Welsh club on opening day.

Andre scored another in his second Premier League game before sending Manchester United packing from the Liberty Stadium in his fourth game with another goal.

It was sealed. Andre Ayew was a hit in the Premier League and the headlines could not be written for a Swansea report without his name.

For Jordan, after a somehow toothless debut in front of goal, he was gradually reduced to having to settle for bench roles.

The Ghanaian forward had to wait till his sixth Premier League game to get his first goal for Aston Villa and coincidentally it was against elder brother Andre Ayew’s Swansea City.


The goal against Swansea City spurred Jordan on. It was a goal that finally gave him a voice in the Villa team that had and have still won just a single game since the start of the season.

Jordan Ayew is now a single goal shy of Andre’s tally in the Premier League but that alone does not tell the full judgment.

The 24-year-old’s performance is not just about goals. His work rate and zealousness to get Aston Villa back to winning ways has not gone unnoticed by fans, teammates and manager.

The media too got a hunch of the talent and confidence Jordan posses with that screamer against Newcastle United.

Swansea City are struggling. Aston Villa are struggling. Andre Ayew keeps giving to his Welsh club but from Jordan’s recent performances, he surely is knocking his brother off his shinning perch.


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