Fans of Swansea City would have been expecting this moment but dreading it all the same.
The club, on Friday, announced the departure of Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew, after a second-consecutive failed bid to return to the Premier League.
Swansea’s loss in the playoffs final against Brentford last Saturday meant they would have to spend at least another season in the Championship.
This meant that the club could effectively not afford to keep Ayew on his current wages, reported to be around 80,000 pounds a week.
There’s been a mixed reaction from fans to the news that Ayew has been let go, with many acknowledging the impact he has had with the team in his time there.
Swansea have released Andre Ayew, Kieron Freeman , Declan John and Barrie McKay pic.twitter.com/gG9AonU6Gq
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) June 4, 2021
Andre Ayew finished as the club’s top scorer in the last two seasons and scored the winner in their playoffs semi-final first leg.
Others were shocked that the club didn’t do everything to keep their talisman for at least one more season.
A few, however, understood that keeping Andre on his current wages was not sustainable.
Here are some reactions below:
Thank you @AyewAndre you will be missed 😭💔
— Hayley 🏴🦢 (@HayleyJayneRees) June 4, 2021
@AyewAndre Goodbye king 🙁
— Cellan 🏴 (@Cellan99) June 4, 2021
Sad. Good Luck Andre and thanks for everything.
— Andrea Matthews (@AndreaM86374552) June 4, 2021
Why are we not resigning Ayew?! 😤😤😤
— Lloyd (@Barkahh14) June 4, 2021
— Chloe 🦢🏴 (@ChloeChantelle1) June 4, 2021
How is not offering him a deal a ‘lack of ambition.’ We can’t afford him and need to be financially sustainable. He’s been a great servant for us but we have to rebuild and use his money elsewhere on new lads
— øli 🦢🏴 (@scfcoli) June 4, 2021
The consequence of paying a championship player 80k a week https://t.co/1tFsxCRGcg
— James (@JRS1927) June 4, 2021
Ayew on a free will be massive for someone tbf https://t.co/u0TCFyvZJf
— ALAW (@AIILeedsArentWe) June 4, 2021
They are fucked without ayew🤣, he’s carried them for a while 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/kiq96GKjYy
— Luke Porter (@LukePorter6) June 4, 2021
Paying Ayew 80k a week and then he leaves for free😂😂😂 https://t.co/ffcF8hRHhy
— Tom walker (@_tomwalker10) June 4, 2021
Awww Ayew’s ludicrous 80k wage demands became too much🥲 https://t.co/ZwEg7UBJsq
— Matt Gough™️ (@MattGough10) June 4, 2021
— ❔ (@Antonioooooo__) June 4, 2021
@NorwichCityFC Pay Ayew, Drmic’ wages and we have a great back up striker/winger
— MrNoName (@NoTimporTanT_57) June 4, 2021
we couldn’t afford his wages, he was on 80k a week
— dylan (@Dylan_SCFC) June 4, 2021