Nketsia: Jordan Ayew requires a “Garde” and his name is Remi

Monday 26th October , 2015 3:59 pm

The last 48 hours must have gone by in a blur for Jordan Ayew,scoring his debut goal for Aston Villa in his 6th appearance for the club while watching elder brother Andre Ayew score the goal which would result in the expulsion of the man who brought him to the English Premiership,Tim Sherwood.

First came the excitement that surrounded the move to England from French side Lorient for an undisclosed fee but the first few games for the 23 year old striker would have given him a clear indication of how higher the standards of performance are in England.

Clearly trying his hardest to adjust to the physicality and pace of the English game his first two appearances  left little for the statisticians to record and as a result rightly found himself on the bench in the 3rd match of the season.

A close look at him in the last match against Swansea where he was deployed as the main striker showed a player who anticipated well and made timely runs,one of which fetched his debut goal.

The most notable change in Jordan is his improved work ethic and willingness to work for the rest of the team.

Another school of thought have placed his early season struggles firmly on the shoulders of the now unemployed Sherwood who preferred to deploy him on the left wing where I must admit Jordan has excelled in the past.

All that is irrelevant now and he must prepare for a fresh start only this time it is likely to be under a manager who understands football in a manner the young striker will appreciate,Remi Garde.

A new beginning

One will not require a monocle to decipher that Aston Villa under Sherwood were tactically unaware,naive, lacked intensity and quality in depth all round. If Remi Garde who is regarded as the front runner in the race to replace Sherwood should be appointed as the new boss of the Villan’s there is no guarantee that he will be capable of steering Villa clear of the bottom where they currently find themselves with 4 points after match day 10.

What is clear is that the future of Aston Villa Football club if recent transfer activity is anything to go by is in the hands of youthful talent and their ability to develop according to schedule.

What he does represent is firstly a manager who relishes the opportunity to hone the talents of young athletes of which Aston Villa’s future leans.

Jack Grealish, Carles Gil, Jordan Amavi, Adama Traore and Jordan Ayew are all gifted players in their individual capacities and are all in critical phases in their development as footballers.

The former Arsenal player now turned manager holds the tools to properly prune this bunch.

His time at Olympique Lyonnais from 2011-2015 saw him win the Coupe De France but he is remembered at the Gerland for the attractive counter attacking brand of football his team displayed and the young talent he made use of in that spell.

Counter attacking football can hardly be described as attractive in most cases but its exactly what he achieved and strong tactical asset to possess in a league such as the English Premiership.

In 114 games played he recorded 55 wins 32 draws and 27 defeats and is directly responsible for the breakout and immense improvement in players like Alexandre Lacazette, Clement Grenier and Maxime Gonalons.

Jordan Ayew might never possess the aggression and predatory instincts of a finisher like Luiz Suarez and might never be a physical specimen but if he is to improve his goal scoring rate which he is measured by then the supporting cast will have to improve their awareness in the final third while making the right decisions with the ball.

With a shots to goal ratio of 0.11 per game its safe to say that he has seen very little of the ball where it matters most as a result of poor off the ball movement and lack of supply.

His elder brother Andre’s explosive start to the league campaign which has seen him score 5 goals from midfield further complicates the situation especially as Jordan has often been singled out as a the most talented among the 3 Ayew brothers.

Garde prefers to operate with a narrow diamond 4-4-2 formation which will almost always ensure that Jordan will be guaranteed a place in the staring line up but most importantly he plays and expresses the game in a manner the 23 year old is familiar with.

He is a teacher of the fundamentals of the game.


According to reports in France Garde holds Aston Villa in high regard and is closely monitoring the situation.

“He is interested in the job and he knows the situation there,”French football journalist Julien Laurens revealed.

Jordan Ayew’s statistics aren’t the most flattering but at 23 and in the first of a five year contract he has a ton of time to find consistency as a finisher, develop as a leader on the pitch and ensure that those who called him more talented than Andre aren’t left with eggs on their faces.

Jay and andre Its almost insulting but the activity and communication that transpires between players and coaches on the pitch is akin to that of puppets and a puppet master.

He might end up with either David Moyes, Nigel Pearson or even Brendan Rodgers as manager according to reports but i’m pretty sure the young Ayew would want Remi Garde to be his Geppetto.

By:Benjamin Nketsia/citifmonline.com/Ghana