Borja Baston: Can he be Swansea’s Saviour?

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Borja Gonzalez Tomas, more commonly known as Borja Baston, was last month confirmed as Swansea City’s new record signing. Alongside the experienced Fernando Llorente, it looked as if Swansea had secured two top-level strikers that would fire them towards their season targets. Now, with Llorente showing every day of his 31 years in slow, languid performances, Swansea’s hope are fully in the Borja Baston basket. So, what can we expect from the former Atletico forward?

First, we look to journalists and fans that have monitored him during his time in Spain. Graham Hunter has praised him as “mobile, aggressive, talented”, and compared him to former Swans talisman Michu. Borja was generally well-liked by his home support, and Atletico fans seem disappointed to see a young home-grown forward leave without being given a first-team chance. Sent out on loan to La Liga new boys Eibar, Borja showed great influence to guide the Basque side well clear of relegation. If Borja can start well in South Wales, he has a real chance of repeating that feat and becoming a firm fan favourite.

What can Borja do on the field? He scored an impressive 18 league goals with Eibar last season, the third-highest top scorer from outside of Spain’s big three. Watch his goals from his spell in the Basque country and you will see a variety of goals, showcasing just how capable the Spanish forward is.

Eight of his goals came from inside the six-yard box, showing his striker’s sense of being in the right place at the right time. With Jefferson Montero and Modou Barrow bursting down each wing, look forward to them firing crosses across the six-yard box for their striker to finish.

His poaching ability is just one aspect to this multi-faceted striker. Goals against Sporting and Malaga last term show that Baston is more than willing to hover on the shoulder of the last defender, urging his teammates to play him through. With Gylfi Sigurdsson at his best when he has a willing striker to interchange with, the Spaniard should have plenty of opportunity to slot home from a through-ball.

Add in two confident penalties taken, three cool finishes, an acrobatic volley and a screamer from outside the area, Borja Baston is an accomplished goalscorer. Facing Manchester City and Pep Guardiola twice in four days may not be ideal, but Swansea will Borja can hit the ground running.

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