Bafetimbi Gomis has spoken of his happiness at adapting to life in Swansea and finding form.
Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis has endured a difficult opening season in England but now, with only seven games of the season remaining, the French striker has spoken to French newspaper L’Equipe about his happiness in turning the situation around:
He said: “I am happy because, as with every striker, it is important to find the net. I have more playing time than earlier season and I have been able to find my legs and the pace of the competition and get used to my teammates.
The former Lyon striker scored twice against Hull City in Saturday’s 3-1 victory, taking his total to five for the season. After it was unclear whether or not the striker would stay in Wales during the January transfer window, Gomis has now said he is not looking to make a move this summer.
He added: “You never know what might happen, but no (I am not considering my future). I am very happy in Swansea. It is true I ate my black bread (French idiom for going through a poor period) but I learned and I’ve had the time to adapt.”
Some players adapt very quickly to a new league and a new country but it has taken Gomis time. Four of his five goals have come in the last six games he has played with it clear that, after a period of adjustment, the French forward has finally found his feet.
“Mentally it was a good experience and it is good for me and family having gone abroad. I am now very well in Swansea and in my head I’ll be there next year,” he added.
“I want to start next season normally because when I arrived the adjustment was difficult; I lived in a hotel for five months, we had to adapt to a new environment and I didn’t have much playing time.
At Lyon, Gomis was one of the first names on the team-sheet and would easily score more than 15 league goals a season for OL. However, it seems now he is enjoying his football and life in Wales.
He said: “There is no regret in coming here. There is a culture and a philosophy of play that I like, and for which I signed. I am not mistaken. In football you cannot always plan six months ahead but I see myself here next year.”
If Gomis can end the season as strongly as he has played in the last few weeks, with a full pre-season with the club to come and the confidence of his coach and his teammates, it could be bad news for the Premier League defences in 2015/16.