Swansea City boss Gary Monk is supporting Bafetimbi Gomis to step-up and fill the void which will be left by Wilfried Bony if the Ivorian leaves for Manchester City in this January transfer window.
Bony at the moment is with the Ivory Coast squad preparing for the African Cup of Nations, and the Swans are in talks with Premier League defending Champions Manchester City who are interested in Bony's services at the Etihad.
However, Monk has given his backing to Gomis and expects the Frenchman who equalised on Saturday against West Ham to take the opportunity and show what he can do on the pitch.
"Bafe's a top striker," he said according to FourFourTwo. "I've seen a lot of strikers in my time and he's up there.
"I prepared for this period anyway with Wilfried going to the African Nations, so I knew I'd have to prepare for this four-to-six-week period anyway, no matter what the situation was.
"I brought Bafe in in the summer and he's worked very well.
"I know he's been frustrated in terms of game time but, in the games he has played, he's shown his quality.
"Now he'll have a perfect run. You've seen today the quality that he has, and I'm sure in the next few weeks we'll see an even better Bafe."
Written by Thinkfootballideas staff