Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Gomis to Swansea - Summer Signing Review #6:

Swansea are known for their shrewd business in the transfer market, and they may have just pulled off another decent signing for their team, with the free transfer of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who rejected a contract extension with the French club to join the Swans this summer. Wow!
Ferocious shot: Gomis will add some much-needed firepower to Swansea, alongside Bony
You may or may not know who Gomis is, you may have seen him in the Champions League or Europa League in the past few seasons - he's that kind of player who could help boost Swansea's overall position in the league and help them qualify for European competition in the future. 

So who exactly is Gomis then? Well: 

  • He joined Swansea at the end of the June, when his contract with Lyon officially expired
  • His nickname is the "baby Drogba" - he is a powerful, strong and agile striker who is clinical in-front of goal
  • He played for Lyon, from 2009 to 2014 - scoring 91 goals in 239 appearances for the club
  • This was after he became only the 6th player in French football history to transfer directly from Saint Etienne over to rivals Lyon
  • He has 12 international caps for France, and has scored 3 goals in the process
You want to know his strengths? Well you're in luck!

Watch this video below, to see the beast in action.

And now onto the most interesting part of this review. His potential partnership with Wilfried Bony in strike!

Bony was one of their standout performers throughout the season, scoring 25 goals (in all competitions) in his first season in England is superb! 
Clinical in-front of goal: Bony has settled in well at Swansea, can Gomis do the same?
For club and country: Bony was also a standout player for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup
In-fact he was quite impressive. His power and strength frightened defenders and Gomis' presence alongside him could spell even more danger for opposition defences from next season onwards. 

FACT: Only Suarez, Sturridge, Yaya Touré, Rooney and Aguero scored more goals last season than Bony in the Premier League.

Gomis needs a player or two to give him good service, and he has certainly made the right decision to join Swansea if he wants players to pass to him. 

The Swans' tactics are based around a pass-and-move game, and although Gomis is not the fastest striker around, his attacking positioning will help him get in-behind defenders and score goals.

This is their 4th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, and they will want to make sure that they stay consistent throughout the campaign.

They finished in 12th place this past season, due to a number of reasons - such as the sacking of Michael Laudrup (which I still can't believe), and the small gap between matches when they were playing in the Europa League.

Swansea want to establish themselves as a top 10 club in the Premier League, and I'm glad to see that they are doing their best to prove that especially in the transfer market - Gomis is a good striker and he will settle in perfectly alongside Bony, if they can keep hold of the Ivorian striker.