Is Wilfried Bony the Premier League signing of the summer ?
Swansea City have broken their previous transfer record of £5.55 million which was held by Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez with a £12 million transfer for Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony.
Wilfried Bony who signs from Dutch club Vitesse has said he is inspired by fellow country man Didier Drogba, who had an eight year spell with Chelsea in the Premier League and was a massive threat to all defenders in England and in the European competions. Fans have drawn comparisons between Bony`s physical approach and aerial ability and that of his fellow countryman.
Bony who scored 31 goals in 30 league games last season for Vitesse Arnhem convinced Swansea to double their previous outlay for a player. Bony, an Ivory Coast international, insisted he will be un-phased by the huge price tag that accompanies him to South Wales.
Swansea were among many different clubs interested in signing Bony, with West Ham also submitting a bid for the player, this was rejected by Vitesse. But the striker who had a trial with England giants Liverpool back in 2007, said he was impressed by Swansea’s pursuit, saying they were the only serious contenders.
Bony has put pen to paper on a four year deal which was officially announced by the club on their website yesterday. He has expressed his desire to compete in Europe, that is his main target.
Bony has put his recent success down to his hard work rate, luck and the ability of his team mates. He speaks very good English and seems popular wherever he has played.
Last season the Vitessa coach tried playing him in a deeper “No 10” role behind the main striker, but a return to the centre forward position sparked a memorable run of goals for the Dutch club. A link up with midfielder Michu could be very exiting for me and all Swansea fans this season. In my opinion Michael Laudrup has pulled off another masterstroke signing the Dutch leagues top goal scorer and player of the year.