Bafétimbi Gomis Finds His Shooting Boots To Send Lyon To Victory

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A three-month goal drought in Ligue Un ended in spectacular fashion for the athletic striker…

On Saturday evening in Lyon, following 81 minutes of the match against Dijon, the atmosphere inside the Stade de Gerland had turned colder than the January weather. After taking an early lead Olympique Lyonnais had conceded in controversial fashion and were making hard work of finding the victory. Then they were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out.

The first effort hit the defensive wall, yet the midfield quickly recycled the ball and sent a deep cross to the far post. Gomis flicked the ball up with his right boot, used the same foot to drag the ball between the crowd of defenders and shot hard and low across the goalkeeper with his left for his first league goal since October. The crowd went wild. With Dijon's resistance broken, Lyon went onto score again to record a 3-1 victory that kept them in fourth place in the league.

Three months is a long time for a striker to go without a league goal, especially when you consider that in later summer and autumn, Gomis was on fire in both the league and Europe, with six goals in each competition.

When strikers go for a long period without scoring it is essential that they continue to work even harder than when they are in a rich vein of form, and Gomis has continued to do this. Physically imposing, quick, good in the air and deadly with both feet, he is a constant worry for defences with his movement and ability to attack from wide areas and centrally.

Football is also about progression and improvement, there are only so many players who arrive onto the scene and start scoring 25 a season from a young age. In his previous five seasons, Gomis has finished with 13, 16, 16, 15 and 14 goals in all competitions, and with four months left of a season and with are again into the knockout stages in Europe and fighting for a strong league position, the 26-year-old is a good bet to record his first 20 goal season and force his way into the French team for Euro 2012.