Due to Swansea City’s unforeseen slump towards the bottom of the Premier League table this season, the current January transfer window all of a sudden takes on a brand new meaning for the Liberty Stadium faithful, as they hope to watch their side quickly distance themselves from the impending threat of relegation sooner rather than later.
Alan Curtis’ side arguably still have enough about them to avoid the drop this season that said, but only if some genuine quality is sourced at the club throughout the winter transfer period.
So then, as several big name strikers have subsequently been linked with a move to South Wales this season, must Swansea City ultimately look to part ways with Bafetimbi Gomis in 2015/16, in order to free up space within the club’s struggling striking department across the remainder of the current season?
Well, even though the powerful French front-man initially impressed upon his early introduction down at the Liberty Stadium throughout the course of the 2014/15 campaign, the out of form centre-forward has certainly failed to produce the goods right in the here and now.
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When the Swans eventually saw the services of Wilfried Bony prized off of their hands by the financially backed Manchester City roughly this time last year, it was widely expected that Gomis could in-fact step up in the Ivorian’s absence – even if Swansea’s current first choice striker never quite seemed as good as Bony.
The likes of Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson and the recently acquired Andre Ayew, were believed to be worthy of helping ease the load for Gomis across the duration of the current campaign, which did in-fact seem like viable path to take at the beginning of the season.
Yet as Bafetimbi Gomis’ stark lack of form in front of goal seemingly played a crucial role in the decision to sack Garry Monk from his previous post down in the Liberty Stadium dug-out this term, perhaps the Swans have been left with no choice but to source themselves a shiny new centre-forward this January – as well as eventually looking to bring in a new permanent manager.
Because the former Lyon man isn’t the most technically gifted, and certainly can’t match the same level of striker’s instinct in and around the box as displayed by the aforementioned Wilfried Bony, it seems as if the writing may already be on the wall for Gomis as he looks to salvage what he can for Swansea this season.
If the big man isn’t proving able to score an adequate amount of goals at a decent enough rate, then his own individual inclusion within the Swans starting XI does indeed seem somewhat pointless from a sceptical point of view.
That doesn’t necessarily make the former Ligue 1 star a bad player overnight of course, but at the not so youthful age of 30, perhaps it’s fair to suggest Gomis no longer represents the right man for the job.
However, should Swansea City ultimately look to part ways with the struggling no. 18 simply on the back of his poor form this season alone?
If the Swans hierarchy can in-fact land at least one of their reported transfer targets in the striking department this January – such as Manolo Gabbiadini, or perhaps even QPR’s Charlie Austin – then Bafetimbi Gomis could easily go back to playing second-fiddle at the Liberty Stadium, much like he did when Wilfried Bony was still at the club.
Unless the Swansea hierarchy are seemingly desperate to offload the towering Frenchman in order to free up some much needed wage resources this January, then why not keep the former Lyon man on board simply as a solid back-up option if ultimately nothing else?
The 30-year-old striker arguably still has it in him to do the business for the Swans this season, he’s just going to need a little help by the looks of it, and someone to readily take the spot-light away from his often isolated role up-top for Swansea.