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Swansea forward the most fouled in Premier League

Ayew has drawn more fouls than any other players this season. Credit: Oulala

Poor Andre Ayew has only been playing in England for a few months and he's already fouled more often than any other player.

The forward was an eye-catching free signing from Marseille over the summer, when Garry Monk persuaded him that Swansea could offer the ideal platform to shine.

Since then, the Ghana international has drawn 37 fouls in 13 Premier League matches, two more than Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Southampton's Saido Mane.

Bournemouth defender Simon Francis may suggest that number should be 36, however, after Ayew was awarded a contentious penalty under a challenge from the Cherries defender on Saturday.


Swansea release striker Michu from contract

Michu was once a hero at Swansea. Credit: PA

Swansea City have parted company with striker Michu, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Spaniard scored 28 goals in 67 appearances for the Welsh outfit but quickly fell out of favour and was loaned to Napoli last season.

Michu's deal was supposed to run until the end of the season but has now been terminated.


Swansea boss calls on Aston Villa to back Sherwood

Tim Sherwood and Garry Monk face other this weekend. Credit: PA

Garry Monk feels Aston Villa must show Tim Sherwood the same level of support he has received at Swansea to turn around the club's fortunes.

Sherwood has come under huge pressure with Villa failing to win in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and entrenched in the relegation zone.

Monk himself been linked with the Villa post ahead of Swansea's visit there on Saturday, but he feels the speculation has been unhelpful to him and Sherwood and says the former Tottenham manager should be given time after only eight months in the job.

These links don't help managers. Tim's doing an excellent job and working as hard as I would be.

You have to let managers get on with their jobs and concentrate and people should be supportive of them as people are with me and my staff.

– Garry Monk
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