Swansea City have completed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Manchester City who arrives for his second spell at the club. The striker scored 35 goals in 70 appearances during his first stint at the club and emerged as one of the most consistent goal-scorers in the Premier League. This earned him a move to the Etihad Stadium, but it never clicked for the Ivorian. Despite the club paying £28 million, he was never given a sustained run in the first team.
Sky Sports report that the deal is worth £12 million, which means that City have agreed to make a big loss for him. He wasn’t going to feature at all for Pep Guardiola’s men this season and it was important that the club moved him on. If they had failed, his value would have plummeted before the January transfer window and they would have brought in even less for him.
It was important that Swansea signed a striker on deadline day as they had agreed to sell Fernando Llorente to Tottenham. The Spaniard was the club’s first-choice striker last season and did superbly in what was a tough campaign at the Liberty Stadium.
Since leaving the club, Bony hasn’t had much success. He was on loan at Stoke City last season and managed to score only two goals. The striker looked shot of confidence and a shadow of the player that he was during his spell at Swansea. It is a huge risk for the Swans to bring him back to South Wales as he might not be able to re-find his form.
His return is a great story on deadline day and it lessens the loss of Llorente. Supporters will be pleased to have him back at the club and they will be hoping that he can do as well during his second spell.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
— Wilfried Bony (@wilfriedbony) August 31, 2017
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 31, 2017
– Games: 70
– Goals: 35
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) August 30, 2017
Wilfried Bony back to Swansea for £12m! pic.twitter.com/6CzIdXwgP3
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) August 31, 2017
Swansea fans were happy to have him back:
Swans sign Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony all in the space of 24 hours, I can die a happy man
— jack (@jackdonnelly_9) August 31, 2017
Every Swans fan is quietly chanting "Come on Wilfried Bony" in their head tonight repeatedly . Such a good chant. #BonyisBack
— Morgan Davies (@MDavies08) August 31, 2017
Can't wait to see Bony scoring goals for the Swans again we'll go wild wild wild so come on wilfried bony score some goals for Swansea
— Stephen Hughes (@swanspassion) August 31, 2017
Tammy Abraham, Roque Mesa, Sam Clucas, Renato Sanches, Wilfried Bony. Not a bad transfer window ? #swans
— Michael (@MichaelLee99) August 31, 2017
Manchester City fans were happy to get some money in for him:
Ffs I remember!! ? We literally paid £28M for Bony for his appearances dancing on CityTV and a few goals against Swansea. City that ??
— Aaron Dhanoa (@McfcAaron) August 31, 2017
Bony finally gone, what a day
— Adam (@AB_MCFC) August 31, 2017
— J Wadsworth (@J_Wadsworth90) August 31, 2017