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Bafetimbi Gomis has scored same number of league goals as Swansea City this season

The French striker has been on fire at Galatasaray this season.

Mathew Nash

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It’s been a tough fight for Swansea City this season. The South Wales side at one point was everyone’s bet for relegation as Paul Clement struggled to get them out of danger near the foot of the Premier League table. But Carlos Carvalhal has done a great job since his arrival in December. He won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for January and guided the Swans out of the drop-zone. Whilst not safe yet, they look much better off now than they did in December.

Swansea have, however, struggled to find goals this season. They lost creative force Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton in the summer and their main goalscorer Fernando Llorente left as well, joining Tottenham Hotspur. Swansea have just one goal in their last four outings and nobody in the Premier League has scored fewer goals than Swansea, West Brom and Huddersfield’s tally of 26.

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So Swansea fans probably don’t want to hear who the top-scorer in the Turkish Super Lig is.

Topping the charts in Turkey is former Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

The Frenchman joined the Swans from Lyon in 2014. After a slow start to life at the Liberty Stadium, fans were excited ahead of his second campaign after he scored five goals in the final six games of 2014-15.

Gomis struggled, scoring just seven goals in his second season, before joining Marseille on loan in the summer.

The French striker thrived back in Ligue 1, scoring 21 goals in 33 games, leaving some Swansea fans to hope he returned. But Gomis was sold in the summer to Turkish giants Galatasaray for a fee reported by The National to be just £2.5 million.

(during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

That now looks like a massive mistake.

Whilst Swansea have only managed 26 goals in the Premier League as a team this season, Gomis has been thriving in Turkey. He alone has scored the same amount of league goals, 26, in 27 Super Lig fixtures. Overall his tally for the campaign is 29 goals in 33 games for Galatasaray.

Gomis was a popular figure at times in South Wales, mainly for his interesting lion goal celebration, but not necessarily for his capabilities as a striker.

But selling him for just £2.5 million is now looking a massive mistake from Swansea. If they had his goalscoring form this season, the 40-point mark might already have been secured.

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West Ham United

Some West Ham fans want Andriy Yarmolenko to start v Arsenal

The Ukrainian winger has been used as a substitute so far this season.

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West Ham United’s start to the Premier League season has not exactly gone to plan. After an impressive summer of spending and appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager, big things are expected at the London Stadium.

However, an opening day defeat to Liverpool might have been tolerated, the loss to Bournemouth will not. The Cherries won 2-1 in London yesterday as West Ham struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

It led to plenty of criticism of the team selection online. West Ham fans would like to see new signings Issa Diop and Lucas Perez get a chance. Others would also like to see Mark Noble dropped.

But the most common theme revolves around their Ukrainian winger.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Andriy Yarmolenko of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Plenty of West Ham fans would like to see Andriy Yarmolenko given a chance in the West Ham starting XI next weekend.

The Hammers paid Borussia Dortmund £22 million for the player this summer. It looks a great signing, considering his previous form with the Ukrainian national team and Dynamo Kiev.

But hip trouble has been bothering him, leaving him behind Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson in the pecking order.

But with West Ham struggling, many fans on Twitter are calling for the 28-year-old to be moved into the starting XI for the clash with Arsenal next week…

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One winner, one loser as Tottenham defeat Fulham at Wembley

Spurs followed up last week’s win at Newcastle with a first win on home soil.

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Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from as many games on Saturday afternoon as they beat newly-promoted Fulham by three goals to one at their temporary home, Wembley.

Spurs were led to victory with three well-taken strikes from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane, who netted for the very first time in his career during the month of August.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated in his attempts to sign new recruits during the summer but his team’s start to the 2018/19 campaign will have undoubtedly delighted the boss.

Following the London-derby with the Cottagers, The Boot Room looked at one winner and one loser from the contest…

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Winner – Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs manager will have been delighted with his charges who went about their business in typically emphatic fashion. Given the uncertainty surrounding the club’s new home this past week it was vital that Spurs put on a performance to put a smile back on the faces of the club’s supporters.

Pochettino has worked wonders in North London and although no new recruits were added during the summer, it still seems quite obvious that Spurs will be up there challenging for the top four again this season.

The 46-year-old boss got his subs absolutely spot on against Fulham with Erik Lamela providing the assist that saw Harry Kane notch his first every goal in August.

Loser – Danny Rose

Ben Davies once again got the nod at left wing-back to intensify the speculation surrounding the future of England man Danny Rose, who was an unused sub on Saturday.

According to the Daily Express, Rose is a target for French giants Paris Saint Germain this summer and, given the first two games of the season, it seems as though the 28-year-old is not likely to figure a great deal for the foreseeable future.

Rose was a peripheral figure for Gareth Southgate during the World Cup and it appears that he will now be on the fringes at Spurs – provided, of course, he is still with the Londoners come the end of the month.

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Early signs from James Maddison suggest Tottenham targeted the wrong man

The talented playmaker has impressed early on for Leicester City, but Tottenham tried for Jack Grealish.

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This summer, Norwich City midfield maestro James Maddison seemed destined for a Carrow Road exit.

Tottenham Hotspur were one team heavily linked with a move for the player. As reported by The Mirror, Spurs were reportedly all set to meet the player’s £25 million price-tag in order to bring him in.

However, it soon appeared that Tottenham had set their sights on a different Championship playmaker. Jack Grealish became the object of Spurs’ affection this summer. A £25 million for the Aston Villa man was rejected on deadline day and Tottenham ended the summer without buying a single player.

Judging from the early evidence, they might have made a mistake in not going for the new Leicester City man.

The Foxes tied up a £22 million deal for the player in mid-June. His start to the season has certainly suggested he was worth the money. Maddison impressed in Leicester’s opening day defeat to Manchester United. Then, yesterday, he had the home fans at the King Power extremely thankful for an excellent display v Wolves. He capped it off with a first goal for his new club.

The early signs are Maddison will be a Premier League hit. Tottenham Hotspur must wonder if in targeting Grealish, they went for the wrong Championship playmaker.

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