Four goals in the first four Premier League games of the season – none in the last three.
That is the story so far for Bafetimbi Gomis, who was hauled off by Garry Monk at half time of Swansea’s defeat to Southampton following an ineffective 45 minutes.
Of course, four weeks can be a long time in football, and Gomis has suddenly gone from being touted for an international call up by France to being roundly criticised for his non-display at St Mary’s.
Some pundits have suggested his early withdrawal was harsh, and indeed, the club’s top scorer cut a lonely figure as he received little in the way of support from the Swansea midfield and wide men.
And yet, Gomis does not always play with the demeanour of a man giving his all. His tendency to be caught offside whilst slowly trotting back into position frequently frustrates, and his willingness to track back and help out from deep does not match that of his predecessor, Wilfried Bony.
Of course, such things are soon forgotten when a striker is scoring goals, as Gomis did against Chelsea, Newcastle, Sunderland and Manchester United – and yet magnified ten-fold when they are not.
But Sunday is now the time for Gomis to show his mettle, and react to Monk’s decision to replace him with Eder after 45 minutes in Saturday in the best possible manner.
His temperament of course, has come into question before. He seemed to have all but left the Liberty Stadium last January, after publicly declaring his unhappiness at playing second fiddle to Bony. Even when the Ivorian left the club, the discontent briefly continued, with Gomis citing ‘false promises’ as his main motivation for requesting transfer.
To his credit, once his desired move was denied, he settled into the first team and finished the 2014/15 season, as well as starting this one, in terrific form.
Since he began that scoring streak, that was sparked off by a last minute winner at Villa Park last March, this is the first time his form in front of goal has come into question. Another ineffective display against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, will no doubt have pundits and some supporters, albeit impatient ones, questioning his starting place.
There is no doubt now that the 30-year-old can perform and score goals in the top league of English football, he does not need to prove that.
What Sunday is his chance to prove, is that he has the mettle to knuckle down and succeed when all is not going well.