Why Swansea should end their interest in Manchester City's Wilfried Bony
ESPN have reported that Swansea City are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City for former striker Wilfried Bony.
Paul Clement is desperate to reinforce his current first team squad in an attempt avoid a repeat of last season’s struggle against relegation and has money to spend following the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for £45 million.
The Swans have been heavily reliant on the Icelandic international’s creativity and eye for goal during recent campaigns and it is clear that they require investment in their attacking department. Sigurdsson has scored 27 goals in the past three years and Clement is aware that he needs to make a couple of high profile signings before the transfer window closes.
Swansea have turned their attention towards former striker Bony, who was a fans-favourite at the Liberty Stadium during a prolific eighteen month spell in South Wales between 2013 and 2015. The Ivorian scored 34 goals following a transfer from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem which attracted the attention of a number of prestigious club’s across Europe.
Bony eventually opted to join Manchester City for £25 million, but has made minimal impact, despite the club’s rise to prominence in domestic competitions, and has found himself surplus to requirements following a disappointing return of just eight goals.
Paul Clement believes that the 28-year-old still possesses all of the attributes required to rediscover his once prolific form in front of goal and is willing to splash a portion of the Sigurdsson cash on the striker.
The Swans are rumoured to have had a £10 million offer rejected by Manchester City, as per the Mirror, who are keen to offload the forward, but only if they can recoup a significant amount of the £28 million they invested in signing him back in 2015 – a fee in the region of £13 million reportedly would be acceptable.
A shadow of his former self
WIlfried Bony’s potential return to South Wales has left Swansea City supporters divided over whether the Ivorian is the correct choice to solve the club’s goal scoring conundrum.
The truth is that Swansea would be taking a huge step backwards should they succeed in signing the 28-year-old. The club’s interest in Bony feels like a desperate attempt to recreate and relive the past, despite there being little evidence to suggest that the striker is capable of rediscovering his form in front of goal.
Since departing South Wales in 2015 Bony has scored just eight goals in the Premier League and has failed to make any noticeable impact either at Manchester City or during a season-long loan at Stoke City. Whilst the Ivorian could be forgiven for struggling to leave his mark at the Etihad Stadium, where expectations and spending are astronomical, his spell in The Potteries should be a major concern for Swansea supporters.
Bony’s temporary move to the Bet365 Stadium was supposed to be the perfect opportunity for the striker to kick-start his faltering career. He was immediately handed a starting role by Mark Hughes and was provided with considerably game time – at least initially – in order to rediscover the form that he demonstrated during his time with Swansea.
However, the grand re-start of Bony’s career never occurred. The striker looked a pale imitation of his former self during his time at Stoke and it soon became apparent that his eye for goal had all but dissipated. He lacked mobility, pace, power and was consistently ineffectual despite being handed a regular starting berth in his favoured position.
He scored just two goals in 11 appearances for The Potters and by Christmas was failing to even earn a spot among the substitutes, with the likes of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters being considered better options whilst Saido Berahino was signed in January to force him further down the pecking order.
Wilfried Bony no longer looks capable of performing in the top flight of English football with his potential having disappeared amongst the underwhelming boredom of reserve team football. His recent loan spell with Stoke should be warning enough to Paul Clement that the Ivorian is not the right man to solve his side’s creativity and goal scoring issues.
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