Is it time for this man to shine for Swansea City?

With the news of Wilfried Bony’s imminent departure from Swansea City to Manchester City, Garry Monk must turn his attention to Bafetimbi Gomis to take over the striking mantle.

Bony, who is currently on duty for the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, looks set to leave the Liberty Stadium when he returns to Wales after the competition. Since his arrival at Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse in the summer of 2013, the 26-year-old has been a major success.

In his 70 games with the Welsh club, Bony has scored an impressive 34 times in all competitions. Swansea are looking to more than double their £12m fee they paid for the striker, with Manchester City reportedly agreeing to his £30m price tag.

That leaves Monk with the task of replacing his star man, but the Swans’ secondary striker Gomis could yet take the lead role having had to play second fiddle to Bony since arriving at the Liberty Stadium. The ex-Lyon man has only scored one goal in 17 Premier League appearances for Swansea – although his only goal proved to be the winning strike in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in November.

Monk has backed Gomis to kick-on from his two-goal display against Tranmere in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Swans boss told Sky Sports:

“Gomis probably hasn’t had the amount of minutes he would have liked; he’s still played of course but in terms of why I brought him to the club, you could see it there today. Hopefully he takes it into this next period now, he will be the first choice, and he is ready to go and hopefully he produces performances like that.”

Bony and Gomis both have similar playing styles, and they certainly both have a real eye for goal – the French star may not have hit the ground running at the Liberty Stadium since joining, but if Monk gives him the freedom to express himself as the lone striker up top, then the Swans fans will be hoping to reap the rewards.

Gomis, who was once dubbed as the ‘baby Drogba’ in his early years, proved he’s a natural goalscorer in his five years at the Stade de Gerland – scoring 62 goals in 172 games. The 6ft forward was rumoured to be on his way out of Swansea earlier in the season – with Crystal Palace reportedly being close to securing a deal – but with Bony’s expected departure, the club now insist he’s going nowhere.

It’s obviously going to be a very difficult task for Gomis to fill Bony’s free-scoring boots. The fact that City boss Manuel Pellegrini is willing to fork out so much for the Ivorian, tells you everything you need to know about his ability. But with the impending transfer looming, the responsibility could turn out to work well in Gomis’ favour – time will tell to see if the Frenchman can live up to the high standards set by his team-mate.

Swansea currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League table, after a very strong first half of the season. A real reason of why the Swans are flying so high is down to Bony’s nine league goals. It will be very interesting to see if the Swansea boss trusts his French striker to take over from the Ivory Coast international or if he elects to spend a chunk of the £30m fee they are about to receive.

 


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