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Swansea striker latest: Gomis could go after Monk mismanagement

| 19.01.2015

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Garry Monk at Swansea City, 20/1 outsiders for a top six finish with Coral, striker Bafetimbi Gomis has raised major doubts about his future at the Liberty Stadium.

With the likes of Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United linked with the French target man, 29, and top scorer Wilfried Bony sold without a replacement lined up, the Swans could be in trouble. They failed to register a single shot on target in the 5-0 home demolition by Premier League leaders Chelsea too.

In an interview with French TV, Gomis cited broken promises over playing time being the reason why he is considering his future. “When Bony was here, it was planned I should play a certain number of games, that wasn’t the case,” he said. “Today, I ask myself many questions. I need time to think.

“I have been approached by clubs. I don’t know what will happen. Me leaving? It is possible. It is planned that my entourage will meet with Swansea’s representatives. Then I will have a discussion with my representatives to find the best solution I want to stay abroad. It is true that I have had not a bad amount of approaches from clubs.”

Prior to Manchester City’s interest in Bony firming up, Gomis completed 90 minutes in the Premier League just once. Critics of Monk will call this mismanagement on his part, while those disappointed by the French frontman throwing his toys out of the pram will suggest that Gomis perhaps failed to do enough in training to persuade the Swansea boss to rotate in attack.

Apart from scoring against Arsenal, Gomis’ other Swans goals have come against vastly inferior opposition, Rotherham United and Tranmere Rovers, in domestic cup competitions. However aggrieved he feels about minutes on the pitch, he has failed to make an impact when called upon.

If Gomis goes, Marvin Emnes and loan signing Nelson Oliveira need to make major steps up. The Dutch attacker has mainly performed at Championship level on Middlesbrough’s books, while the Portugal international and temporary acquisition from Benfica blew hot and cold during a similar spell in Ligue 1 with Rennes.

Nobody is talking of a crisis at Swansea just yet, with the south Wales side odds-on at 8/11 to finish in the top half, but you do wonder where the goals will come from?

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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.