Name: Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew
Date of Birth: December 17th, 1989
Club: Olympique Marseille
The Young Player of the Season prize for the French Ligue 1 did not go the way of the Ghanaian, but Andre Ayew is amongst the hottest property in Europe currently and has had to work particularly hard to place himself at a level where he is so highly sought after.
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The 21-year-old has been phenomenal this season for Olympique Marseille. 36 appearances with 11 goals is no mean achievement in any of Europe’s leading leagues. This has been Ayew’s best season with the same club that had wanted to discard the talented youngster just a season before.
Ayew is a walking lesson to upcoming footballers. When your coach decides you are not up to the standard he requires, don’t sulk or panic, accept it. Go out on loan and prove him wrong in the best possible way imaginable. It was Didier Deschamps who sent Ayew to Arles Avignon last season and Marseille are now reaping their rewards for the players determination to succeed. Ayew swallowed the bitter pill and went to better himself with a smaller club – determined and courageous.
The result of all this? Ayew was reinvigorated, and went on to be one of Ghana’s most influential players at the 2010 Africa Nations Cup in Angola. Previous to which, the young Ghanaian had been the first African Captain to lift the U20 World Cup trophy, when the Black Stars triumphed in Egypt earlier the same season. The global football fiesta of the South Africa World Cup would then shoot him to fame. Young though he was, Ayew dazzled and went toe-to-toe with some of the world’s best players, invariable coming out on top.
Ayew returned to the Stade Vélodrome, after all these exploits on the international scene, as a regular starter. He has immense pace and strength, with the stamina to maintain these levels for the entire 90 minutes. The son of the legendary Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ possesses one on of the best left feet in the French league and is used predominantly on the left hand side of the midfield. However, the young winger is, in truth, just as adept on the right.
Media reports in France have linked him with a summer transfer move to English giants Manchester United, as well as the mighty Barcelona. It is clear from all those who know and watch the youngster, Ayew has got the stamina and mental fortitude to fit perfectly into either the English Premier League or La Liga. He has thrived on the biggest stages thus far in his career and the Black Stars maestro would no doubt look at home in any of the top European club sides.
However, the charismatic player has only recently reiterated his desire to stay at Marseille. In the eyes of many, this is the best option for the player only getting regular games at Marseille for the first time this season. At his tender age, a year or two more of guaranteed action would be a far better way of ensuring development than warming the substitutes bench of one of Europe’s elite.
“This has been the first year in which I have had the opportunity to play week in, week out,” the talented winger told Marseille’s official website. “I am pleased with that, it shows that I have improved a lot.
“I love it here. I have won titles here and I really love that. I want that success to continue and I want to work here for longer. Moving somewhere else is not in my thoughts right now. I want to stay here.”
Marseille fans will be ecstatic to hear these words of loyalty from a player with such deep routed connections with the club. Apart from Ayew’s father Abedi Pele playing for the club for many years, André’s brother Jordan is also on Marseille’s books, gaining more and more first team recognition. The opportune time will come for the big move and there is no rush. The young Ghanaian’s best chance of stardom is to keep diligently progressing, stay grounded and to take advice from those around him. He has the talent, all he needs is just a bit more time to polish his game.
First published on EFZ