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.
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.
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.