He may be a replacement for either Wilfried Bony or Michu, but in Bafetimbi Gomis, Swansea City are signing a player that almost always guarantees goals.
This week Swansea City confirmed the signing of French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis, and the free transfer from Lyon is finally set to get his chance in the Premier League after being linked with a move across the channel for a number of years. Gomis comes to England with an impressive record, but what type of player are the Swans getting?
The 28-year-old has scored 10 or more league goals in each of his last eight seasons. The powerful striker broke through at Saint-Etienne as a bright, vibrant 21-year-old. Instantly recognisable with his long dreadlocks, but it was his goals and explosive style that caught the eye.
26 goals over his three seasons with Les Verts led to the striker moving to Ligue 1 rivals, Olympique Lyonnais, for €13 million. Over five seasons with Lyon, Gomis scored 64 league goals and despite disagreements with the club over the striker possibly leaving over the last 18 months, he still continued to score.
At the start of last season, he was playing with Lyon’s second team after he was told he was surplus to requirements at OL. After patching up his differences he went on to finish the season with 14 goals and struck up an impressive partnership with Alexandre Lacazette.
Swansea are signing a centre-forward, that on his day can hassle, battle and play against some of the best defenders in the world. Despite his size he is very agile and quick along the ground.
He can finish with both his feet and his head, he isn’t all power and pace, and he has a delicate side to his game too, and can use his trickery and guile to beat goalkeepers and defenders alike.
Gomis is perfectly suited to life in the Premier League. He will relish the physical battles, and it will take full concentration from the defence to keep him at bay. He will use his combination of power and pace to run the channels and help Swansea break forward at pace, and he is technically gifted enough to fit in with the Swans passing philosophy.
Swansea are getting a striker that is hungry to play in the Premier League. He has done it all in France, and has been unlucky not to play more for his country. Perhaps a goal-laden season for Swansea could fire him back into Didier Deschamps plans.
The Swans fans want goals, and if Gomis can settle quickly, he could be the man to fire Swansea up the table.