Ayew's back in a familiar number

9th February 2017

It is a rare sight to see a forward hurtling towards goal with the number three on his back. For Swans fans, it won't be any more.
The Swans' latest signing, Jordan Ayew, will don the number after he arrived from Aston Villa last month in a move which saw left-back Neil Taylor go in the opposite direction.
The lack of more traditional numbers available to Ayew for his position isn't the sole reason he will be Swansea City's new number three, though.
For the 25-year-old has already donned the number during his time at a previous club and, he hopes, he will get his first run out for the Swans in Sunday's home clash with Leicester City (4pm).



"It's not uncommon for me. I wore it in France when I was on loan at Sochaux," said Ayew.
"Now I will wear it here, although I didn't have much of a choice in numbers. But the number is not a problem - it's more important to be on the pitch and in good shape."



There are other examples of players who have worn unusual numbers for their particular position. Here are a selected few:

Jonathan de Guzman/Edgar Davids
No.1 - Former Swans loanee de Guzman is currently at Italian side Chievo, where the Dutch midfielder strangely wears the number usually allocated to a goalkeeper. He chose that number as fellow Dutchman Edgar Davids also sported it while playing for Barnet.

Arouna Kone/Joe Wildsmith/Billy Mercer/Clint Dempsey/Ossie Ardiles
No.2 - A few candidates again for this number, and, of course, none of them is a right-back.
Everton striker Arouna Kone famously wore the number when he joined Wigan Athetlic, while more bizarrely, Sheffield Wednesday keeper Joe Wildsmith chose the number for this season.
He's not the only goalkeeper to opt for No.2 though, as Billy Mercer was allocated it at Bristol City, and wore it at Wembley during their Auto Windscreens Shield final loss to Stoke City in 2000.
Tottenham fans also saw Clint Dempsey take up the vacant number at White Hart Lane while Ossie Ardiles also wore No.2 at the World Cup in 1982 as Argentina allocated their numbers alphabetically.



Asamoah Gyan
No.3 - A striker wearing three on his back? That's exactly what former Sunderland star Gyan does when he represents Ghana. It hasn't hampered his form in front of goal for the Black Stars either - he has 49 goals in 100 caps.

Kanu
No.4 - Despite wearing No.25 at Arsenal, the Nigerian opted for No.4 when he represented his country.

Ivan Zamarano
No.1+8 - It was previously unheard of in football, but the Chilean striker opted for this concoction while at Inter Milan.
After Brazilian legend Ronaldo was handed Zamorano's No.9 shirt, the latter created his own number to add up to nine.



Khalid Boulahrouz
No.9 - Dutch football is known for creating the Total Football style, but the former Chelsea defender was forward-thinking in his choice of number. The number didn't rub off on Boulahrouz, a £7million signing from Hamburg, as he failed to score in 23 appearances for the Blues.

William Gallas
No.10 - Upon leaving Chelsea, the French defender was handed the No.10 shirt at Arsenal, where it was previously worn by Dennis Bergkamp. His scoring rate at Arsenal saw him net once in every 10 league games.