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Friday, 10 April 2015

Gomis - Lyon and Swansea Shot locations compared

3 goals in 2 games and all of a sudden things are looking a lot better for Bafetimbi Gomis, but it's a fine line between apparent success and failure.  Gomis' goal against Villa came in the 87th minute after a number of good opportunities earlier in the game weren't converted but backs up the saying that the important thing is still being in the right place to miss the chances as eventually things will turn.

Gomis started the season effectively as back-up striker to Wilfried Bony, despite Gomis mentioning previously that he felt the two would be used together more often, this was fairly unlikely anyway but circumstances at the start of the season made it even less so.

In the final pre-season game, both Gomis and Bony started in what was a pretty abject team display against Villareal.  To a large extent the team selection/shape was down to injuries and giving a run out to the main first team squad who were still fit and was it was unlikely that both would start away to Man Utd in the opening game of the season.

The other thing that made a partnership of Gomis and Bony less likely was the superb start to the season with 3 straight wins in the league so little incentive to change a winning formula.  Monk showed his faith in Gomis starting him in the 4th league game v Chelsea as Bony had been away midweek on Cup of Nations duty, it's unlikely that the same would have happened if Schechter/Vazquez/N'Gog had been the option.

Unlike those 3, Gomis is a proven goalscorer having reached double figures in the French League in each of the last 8 seasons with a total of 30 goals combined in the last 2 (16 in 2012/13 and 14 in 2013/14).

Looking at where the shots/goals came from shows a different pattern in those  2 seasons and the season so far with Swansea:
In 2012/13 Most activity (and goals) came from directly in front of goal from around 8-15 yards out 

Last season at yon, a little less in the 6 yard box but mainly still central or to the right
This season with Swansea, far more activity to the left half of the pitch compared to the previous 2 seasons at Lyon
If I had more time I'd split out penalties/free kicks/headers and also look at how the emergence of Lacazette impacted Gomis' play over the last 2 seasons at Lyon. Ultimately, after a stuttering start things finally seem to be settling down for Gomis whether this is him now feeling at home or just putting a shift in to attract buyers next season time will tell.


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