Signed on for a free transfer from French Ligue 1 side Lyon on 27th June 2014, the Frenchman penned a four-year contract at the Liberty and duly made his Swans debut as a substitute in the 2-1 opening day defeat of Manchester United.
It didn’t take Gomis long to opening his goalscoring account for the Swans as he scored the winning goal in the 1 nil win over Rotherham United at the Liberty in the 2nd Round of the Capital One Cup.
His starts last season however were limited with the starting berth going to Wilfried Bony but most of you will remember Gomis’ first Premier League goal for the Swans – the winner against Arsenal at the Liberty and THAT ‘Panther’ celebration…. or the fall and crawl as I like to call it!
When Bony departed on African Cup of Nations duty and then Manchester City, the seemingly want-away but now first choice Gomis started to grow in confidence with every passing game and ended up with 7 Premier League goals to his name by the end of the season, including another notable winner against Arsenal at the Emirates.
Although born in France, Gomis was eligible to play for both France and Senegal through his ancestry and in 2008, he was chosen for the French Euro 2008 squad. On his French debut in May 2008, Gomis scored twice against Ecuador and was the first player to score twice in his debut for the French national team since someone called Zinédine Zidane.
Gomis last appearnace for France came in June 2013 against Brazil in an International Friendly.
There is little doubt that Gomis has a lot of ability and personally I think he has better dribbling and passing ability than Bony, apart from obviously lacking the same physical presence as the Ivorian. Given time and patience (something which some of the Jack Army seem to lack) then I’ve a feeling he could come good but a lot will depend on his own application as to whether or not he fulfils his potential in a Swans shirt.
Whatever happens, everyone at SCFC2 would like to wish Bafe a very Happy 30th Birthday!
Bon anniversaire Bafétimbi