Only Aston Villa have scored fewer goals than the 15 Swansea City have stumped up in the Premier League this season. There are only four different players at the club who have scored league goals. Without a proven Premier League goalscorer in their squad, they will be staring relegation in the face.
After notching in all of the Swans’ first four games, Bafetimbi Gomis has scored just once since. As the club’s only striker with any sort of Premier League experience, this is simply not good enough.
After playing second-fiddle to Wilfried Bony for much of the first half of last season, he became the club’s first-choice striker after the sale of the Ivorian and made the most of it - with six Premier League goals to his name after February.
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When you compare Premier League squads, Swansea appear to have the weakest striking options in the division. In the summer, they persuaded Portuguese striker Eder to move to Wales in a deal worth around £5 million.
As of yet, he hasn’t shown his value in the Premier League. He seems to look clumsy on the ball and doesn’t really offer much in terms in movement.
Marvin Emnes joined the club in January - initally on loan, before making the deal permanent in the summer - as a direct replacement for Bony, but has scored just one league goal since his move.
What seems to be the real problem for Swansea is their lack of investment. They were the only side to spend less than £10 million in transfer fees in the summer, and it is beginning to show.
The Swans made £30 million from the sale of Bony, money that should really have gone back into the squad, but didn’t. With the new TV deal in place, Swansea will be making millions of pounds, just by being a Premier League squad.
By finishing eighth in the top division of English football last season, Swansea are estimated to have earned around £80 million. You have to wonder why the money being invested into the squad is such a small proportion of the amount that they have earned.
It is clear that whoever Swansea bring in as manager needs financial backing. One of main targets must surely be QPR striker Charlie Austin. The 26-year-old has undoubted Premier League quality, scoring 18 goals last season for a struggling Rangers side.
He is a player who takes chances when they come his way. He will surely get chances in a Swansea side that includes Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew.
For now, it is clear that Bafetimbi Gomis needs help up front or there is no doubt they will be among the favourites for the drop.
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