Bafetimbi Gomis - Player of the Week
Gomis grabs the winner against Manchester Utd
Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis scored the winning goal against Manchester Utd and sent the Swans up to fourth place in the Premier League. Swansea remain unbeaten this season. It was the first defeat of the season for Man Utd and they will be hoping that the signing of Anthony Martial, from Monaco, on Transfer Deadline Day for £36 million, will get them a few more goals. It was all looking good for the Red Devils when they took the lead just after half-time. Juan Mata scored the goal, after a good run and cross from Luke Shaw. But, the Swansea manager, Gary Monk, soon changed tactics, from a 4-4-2 formation to a midfield diamond and the change had immediate results. In the 61st minute, Andre Ayew, the son of three-time African Player of the Year, Abidi Pele, scored with a great header. And just five minutes later, Ayew played a fantastic pass to Gomis, who put the ball under Sergio Romero, in the Man Utd goal, at the near post. It was Gomis' ninth goal in just ten Premier League matches and he is looking like one of the best strikers in the Premier League this season. The final score was Swansea City 2-1 Manchester Utd.
"We took our chances well. Both goals were clinical." Swansea City manager, Gary Monk.
What do we know about Bafetimbi Gomis?
Bafetimbi Gomis was born on 6 August 1985 in La Seyne-sur-Mer, which is a small town on the south coast of France. He started his football career with Saint-Étienne (142 matches, 40 goals), in the French second division, and helped them to promotion before moving to Olympique Lyonnais in 2009. He scored 64 goals in 168 matches for Lyon and helped the team win the French Cup. He started his international career with a bang! He scored twice on his debut for Les Bleus, when he came on as a subsitute in a friendly against Ecuador. In the summer of 2014, Gomis signed for Swansea City on a free transfer. Gomis has now scored 11 Premier League goals and 7 of those have been winning goals, with the latest being the goal against Manchester United.
"Swansea were trying to sign me for over a year and I'm absolutely delighted to be here now." Bafetimbi Gomis.
Who has the best goal celebration?
After every goal, Gomis performs a panther celebration in tribute to the nickname he got in French football. But is Gomis' celebration the best in the Premier League? Over the years, there have been some great celebrations. Last season, Wayne Rooney imitated being knocked out by falling on the floor. He did this celebration after a story in the newspapers of Rooney being knocked out by Phil Bardsley, a Stoke City player, in a boxing match. Another great celebration was Stoke City's Peter Crouch and his robotic dancing. This celebration was inspired by the Arctic Monkey's song, I bet you look good on the Dancefloor. Jurgen Klinsmann arrived in the Premier League in 1994 with a reputation for diving, so his first goal celebration was diving on the floor to make fun of this. But, you might think players should concentrate on scoring goals and not their celebrations. If that is the case, you probably love Alan Shearer. Shearer has scored more Premier League goals than any other player and he had the same celebration for each one of his 260 goals: one arm in the air, run forward and smile!
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Did you know......?
- Bafetimbi Gomis is the first Swansea City player to score in the first four Premier LEague games of a season.
- Gomis suffers from a type of low blood pressure, which can cause him to faint in stressful situations.
- Swansea have beaten Manchester Utd the last three matches they have played.
- Swansea City are the only current Premier League club that don't play in England.
- Swansea City have qualified to play in Europe seven times as winners of the Welsh Cup!
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