Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin
The Premier League is an unforgiving place for a goal-shy striker. With title-altering matches or fierce relegation battles around every corner, no player can afford to lose top form for long. The 2015/16 season started in promising fashion for Swansea’s Bafétimbi Gomis. The Frenchman scored four goals in his first four games against Chelsea, Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester United.
Since then, Gomis scored a mere two goals in 32 games with the 30-year-old unable to convert his promising early form into a consistent campaign. The Frenchman has since joined Marseille on loan leaving Swansea’s attacking options thin. With the start of the next Premier League campaign inexorable, we take a look at the three players that may fit the bill up front for Swansea City.
The former Juventus striker endured a stuttering season at Sevilla scoring four times in 23 games; providing a stark comparison to his 85 goals in 262 games at Athletic Bilbao and 23 goals in 66 games at Juventus.
Llorente is a gifted footballer with his hold-up play in particular a major focal point of his game. Llorente’s physical presence and heading ability make him a 6’5’’ nightmare to deal with in the box.
The question surrounding Llorente would be whether or not he can fit into the Swans' style of play. Swansea prefer a slower build up with their passing not always going forward. Even with the likes of Andre Ayew and Nathan Dyer on the flanks, they do not tend to cross the ball into the box often.
If Llorente is a player Swansea decide to look at, they must evaluate his credentials with the ball at his feet first.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu
Kanu was one of the heroes of Euro 2016. His performances for Wales won him many admirers with his Cryuff turn against Belgium a particular highlight for Welsh fans and neutrals alike. His performances also caused many to question Reading’s decision to let Kanu leave with the forward seemingly finding another level of his game in the summer.
Robson Kanu was said to have already drawn interest from a number of clubs but supposedly wanted to wait for a chance to play in the Premier League. Being a free agent, Robson Kanu is an ideal target for the likes of Swansea as he will command no fee and will come in with much fanfare from Welsh fans that will be hoping he can recreate that goal against Belgium for Swansea next season.
However, Swansea may find it difficult to lure him to the Liberty Stadium with the Daily Mail reporting that Hull City were close to signing him. However, since Steve Bruce’s departure from Hull, rumours have gone silent. Perhaps Hull’s decision to part company with their manager will pave the way for Swansea to sign one of Wales’ Euro stars.
Manchester City's Wilfried Bony
It would be the return of the prodigal son should it happen. Bony was superb at Swansea in his debut season in the Premier League. In the 2013/14 season he scored 16 goals. However, in his most recent season with Manchester City, Bony only found the net four times in 13 appearances in the league.
With the instalment of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City it seems Bony’s time may be coming to an end. Guardiola has worked with some of the best forwards including Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski, while he will now get the chance to work with one of the deadliest strkers in the modern game, Sergio Aguero.
With Aguero scoring so freely and not looking like he will leave anytime soon it seems Bony may be an early casualty of Guardiola’s reign at City.
A player of immense power and intelligence, Bony is as comfortable coming short to receive the ball as he is in the box meeting a cross with his head or poking the ball home. He is also superbly gifted with his feet as he has shown on numerous occasions with his infamous elastico skill move.
Swansea sold Bony for around £28 million in January 2015 and with the Ivorian unable to really cement his place in the team or showcase his quality, Swansea could be looking at a cut price deal should Manchester City decide to sell.