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Ghana striker Jordan Ayew could be as good as Gomis, says Marseille caoch Baup

Published on: 02 December 2012

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew could end up as good as Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis, whose treble sank Marseille in midweek, OM coach Elie Baup has said.

With Loic Remy just coming back from injury and Andre-Pierre Gignac recovering from a broken foot, the 21-year-old has started five of Marseille's last six games in all competitions.

He has scored four goals in 13 league appearances so far this term, compared to three in 34 games last season.

Ayew had third-placed Marseille's best chances on Wednesday but could do nothing to avoid a 4-1 home defeat by Lyon, who claimed top spot in Ligue 1 thanks to three goals from France's Gomis.

"He has been improving and has a bright future," Baup told a news conference ahead of the Ghanaian starting at Brest on Sunday (1300 GMT).

"I said to myself we can compare him with Gomis, who I knew at the same age," added Baup, who coached the Lyon forward at St Etienne from 2004 to 2006.

"When I see what Jordan has done, I come to the conclusion they have the same abilities."

Jordan's brother Andre also plays for Marseille on the wing. The duo are sons of Ghana great Abedi Pele.

The 27-year-old Gomis, who has 10 caps for France, has been one of the most prolific strikers for years in the French league, scoring at least 10 goals each season since 2006.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • Paul says:
    December 02, 2012 05:36 pm
    Akwasi appiah has nothing against the Ayews as far as i know bt the truth of the matter is that AA is looking for cup winning squad for this afcon so tried nd tested players are making up the afcon squad, nothing else!
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 03, 2012 09:35 am
    He has scored four goals in 13 league appearances so far this term, compared to three in 34 games last season. HE IS IMPROVING. LEAVE HIM OUT OF AFCON 2013. HE IS YOUNG LET HIM IMPROVE. WE HAVE WCUP QUALIFIERS, WCUP COMING UP...
  • Kwesi says:
    December 02, 2012 05:08 pm
    Jordan's performance in Europe goes to buttress the point that AA is not a good manager. He turns to have beefs with his own players simply because of historical reason. I wonder the amount of money Asamoah Gyan gave him for him to make so much noise about him and make him the captain. A player who takes a self imposed exile from his national team returns after so many month and Is made an instant captain. Then he tries to malign Dede and Jordan. I endorse dede's resistance 100%. After all both dede and Jordan play better leagues than gyan. AA and Gyan should be whisked away before they bring disgrace to ghana. Thank God there is the Afcon before we resume he WC qualifiers. He should justify his appointment.
  • keith from germany says:
    December 02, 2012 03:15 pm
    thats whatb im talking about at least a coach who knows how to use jordan properly.i like the confidence the marseille coach elie baup is putting in this jordan of a boy but unfortunately that cannot be said if akwesi appiah who for me hasnt been able to bring the best of jordan. i know it is very true that jordan didnt performed well in the last two qualifier games ghana played against zambia n malawi respectively. but should a coach condenm a 19 year old boy who just had two bad games?the answer is a big no.this kind of attitude will never happen here in europe.our local coaches seems to fail on this sector. believe me many african countries will be willing to have a players calibre of jordan ayew. i aint got any issues against akwesi appiah becuz he has qualified us to the afcon 2013 n this is an achievement we have to respect. but many talents go astray just becuz of managers dont of the national team let them down. for me u cant take two games to judge jordan ayew becuz he is still young n many young players do mistakes which they later learned from to make them experienced n matured players. thats my point of view n its the truth cuz there is no two ways about it.
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    December 02, 2012 04:01 pm
    It is not true he played 34 matches. Last year he always came on as a substitute to play 10 or 5 minutes. So 3 goals in 34 matches is a distorted view.