WhoScored Swansea City's Andre Ayew and Franck Tabanou
21st June 2015
Continuing our partnership withWhoScored.com, the football statistics website analysis the Swans' latest signings.
It's already been something of a hectic summer for Swansea City.
Garry Monk's side secured the services of the highly-rated André Ayew from Marseille on a free transfer earlier this month and have since bolstered their ranks further through sought after target Franck Tabanou.
The Swans secured both their highest points total (56) and best finish (8th) in England's top-flight in their 103-year history last term and the onus is now to build on a successful season.
The acquisition of Ayew is a real statement of their intentions. Only Dimitri Payet (7.62) and Nicolas N'Koulou (7.59) gained better WhoScored ratings of all Marseille players in Ligue 1 last season than the 25-year-old (7.42).
Ayew was directly involved in 13 league goals for l'OM last season (10 goals and 3 assists), a notable return given only recently-departed striker André-Pierre Gignac (21) netted more times of all Marseille players.
The Ghanaian provides a further goalscoring outlet from wide - 18 of his 27 league starts last season came on the left flank, with Ayew favouring to come onto his right foot to go for goal, accentuating his statistically-calculated WhoScored style of play of 'likes to cut inside'.
The capture of the attacker will also provide further balance to this Swansea side. A majority of the Swans' attacks came down their right side (40%) last season, with 30% of their offensive moves coming through the centre or down the left.
In his continued attempts to improve the left flank, Monk hasn't stopped tapping into the French market with the signing of Ayew either, securing the services of versatile full-back Tabanou.
The 26-year-old enjoyed another impressive campaign in France's top tier, with his WhoScored rating (7.33) bettered only by Loic Perrin (7.59) and Max Gradel (7.36) of all St Etienne players.
Able to provide a further attacking outlet from deep, Tabanou registered more assists (5) than any other defender in Ligue 1 last season.
Capable of breaking forward with intent at any given opportunity, Tabanou is also not one to shun his defensive responsibilities, highlighted in his average of 1.6 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per league game for St Etienne last season.
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