Swansea City forward Borja Baston got off to a flying start to the season, but as his team’s performances dropped so did his.
Steve Cooper’s start to life at Swansea was immense. Seven wins from their opening eight in all competitions had them in pole position but the fairy tale start soon stopped, and with it did Baston’s form.
The Spaniard scored five goals in August but has only scored one since, and for the last three outings has been an unused substitute on the Swansea bench.
Through September Swansea were winless, and through October, they’d just one win before beating Cardiff 1-0 at the end of the month.
Cooper’s side have since seen a mini-revival in their form though and went into this international break on the back of two wins and a draw against Sheffield Wednesday last time out, placing them in 4th with as many points separating them from leaders West Brom.
Baston can feel aggrieved at himself for letting his early form dwindle. In his absence, Andre Ayew has stepped up to be the goal-scorer on occasion, whilst Sam Surridge has been the preferred choice to come off the bench.
At 27-years-old, Baston will feel that he still has plenty to offer at the club. This season looked to be his ‘comeback’ one after signing back in 2016 and failing to hit the ground running.
Cooper gave him the opportunity to lead the Swans front-line but what happened to his goals, nobody knows. Baston has plummeted down the pecking order at Swansea and it’s now a case of keeping his head down, and working for his place back, or looking for the exit in January.
He certainly has a place in the Swansea team but as they’re finding form without him, it makes it harder for Cooper to start him – a third loan-move away from Swansea in January could be ideal for the striker.
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