Whilst the Premier League has certainly been graced by some marvellous talents performing at the peak of their powers this season, there has also not been a shortage of theoretically brilliant footballers falling well short of their potential. In the following article, we focus on those who have the ability to have a great impact on their respective sides but as a result of poor form for much of the campaign, have spent the majority of the time putting in poor displays on the field or keeping the substitutes’ bench warm.
Sergio Aguero is number one at Manchester City, but when he gets injured as he has done once again this season, Bony is meant to be his deputy. He is supposed to lead the line for City in Aguero’s absence and he just isn’t capable of that. His move to City during the 2015 January transfer window made him one of the most expensive African footballers in history, behind Emmanuel Adebayor, Michael Essien, Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba.
Aguero has scored 16 goals this season whereas Bony has a measly four. It is hard to believe that Bony was the Premier League’s top goal scorer in 2014, when he was still at Swansea, with 20 goals. The Ivorian has made 21 appearances for City this season and ten of them have been substitute appearances. Bony’s last goal for The Citizens came on Boxing Day last year. He is simply not reliable enough to be City’s second choice goal scorer, never mind their main one. Pep will be bringing in his own players in the summer and Bony is likely to be one of those heading for the exit.