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Which Aston Villa Leader Would Instantly Improve Celtic In Europe

After finishing in 17th place last season, Aston Villa went big in the summer, signing a number of high-profile names in a bid to turn the fortunes of the club around. It hasn’t worked and now the Birmingham club sit bottom of the table, with Scottish champions Celtic just one of a number of clubs ready to pick the bones from Remi Garde’s side in the summer.

Seeing Villa drop down to the Championship could be profitable for a whole host of European clubs, as despite some terrible team performance there are several quality players who could be a good addition for any team.

One such player is the Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew. The 24-year-old joined the Villains from Ligue 1 side FC Lorient at the start of the season for £8 million and netted his debut goal for the club on 24 October 2015 against his brother Andre’s club, Swansea City.

Celtic’s dominance in Scotland has been tested by Aberdeen this season, but their main problem has been a failure to make an impact on the European stage – signing a player like Ayew could be a step in the right direction for the Bhoys.

Let’s be honest, the main reason for Celtic’s up and down form is a lack of quality players at the highest level. Good enough for domestic success, but struggle once the level of competition is raised.

Ayew has scored five goals in his 19 Premier League appearances, with a shot accuracy of 64% according to Squawka. He has also made nine key passes, created nine chances and committed 36% successful take-ons. The numbers aren’t instantly impressive but the quality of his individual performances, determination in attack and his quickness could be a huge bonus for teams who currently lack those traits in attack.

Ayew can lead the line, hold the ball up and make quick decisions in attack. He has quality on the ball, but always a fight, drive and determination that could be a huge asset to Celtic, something the Parkhead club have been missing in recent years.


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