Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed he used Football Manager 2014 to help gather a better understanding of his new team.
There is no doubt that Football Manager helps improve knowledge of the game, whether it be of a lower league team you happened to take over, or an 18-year-old gem you've found in Sweden.
The football management is popular with professional footballers for those long flights and coach journeys for away games. New Swansea City signing Bafetimbi Gomis is a fan of the game and as his move to the Welsh club had been on the cards for a while before he finally completed it, he had used the game to do some research on the club.
Speaking to the club's official website the former Lyon striker said "Before I signed here, I spent a month playing as Swansea to help me get to know my team-mates – to find out a bit more about them."
“Of course, I also watched video footage to see how the team played, but it is true that the game helped me learn a lot about each of my team-mates’ characteristics – their age, where they used to play and their attributes."
It sounds as if Gomis will certainly know his teammates strengths and weaknesses now which could help in on the pitch. He is also aware of the club's meteoric rise from the bottom of the Football League to the upper echelons and now understands how influential Garry Monk has been in all that.
“I also learned about the history of the club. I believe that, when signing for a club, it’s vital that you learn about its history. It was important to know what kind of club Swansea are, their rivalry with Cardiff City, as well as other such things."
"I realised that the manager Garry Monk was a key player for Swansea, who helped the club rise to the top division of English football, but, now, it is not a surprise to me, given that Garry Monk is the manager."
Gomis went on to say that he guided Swansea to an eight-placed finish in the league, and fans would be delighted if Monk can replicate that this season. The Swans have made a very promising start, whilst Gomis himself picked up his first goal for the club in the midweek Capital One Cup victory over Rotherham United.