In the wake of Wilfried Bony looking set to complete a big money switch to Manchester City from Swansea, I will be taking a look at the pros and cons of the proposed move.
Earlier in the week it was confirmed that talks between the two clubs had taken place, with a fee believed to be in the region of £30 million agreed, which comes amid Manchester City’s ‘striker crisis’. Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have all been suffering with injuries over the festive period, forcing James Milner to play in an unfamiliar false nine role.
Bony only joined Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013, for a mere £12 million. Since then he has made a massive impact at the Welsh club. Bony caught the headlines in 2014, as he scored the most goals in the Premier League throughout the calendar year. Bony scored 16 league goals in his first season in England and has already netted nine times this season.
Bony will offer Manchester City something they don’t have in a striker. Many pundits have often criticised Manchester City for possessing too many players of a similar mould, referring to the likes of Aguero, Samir Nasri, David Silva and Jovetic, all of which are very technically brilliant, but can lack the physical edge at times.
Bony has a fantastic scoring record at every club that he has been at and I have no doubt that he will score bags of goals at Manchester City. However, I do feel that this move may not be right neither Bony or City.
Last season, City also had Alvaro Negredo on their books, bringing their total number of strikers to four, which proved to be a struggle at times and eventually resulted in Negredo moving to Valencia on loan. Attempting to fit four strikers in regularly would be tough for any manager, yet Manuel Pellegrini has put himself in that exact position once again. What makes his decision to sign Bony even worse is that he is set to join up with his Ivory Coast national team for the African Cup of Notions soon after the deal is concluded. For most teams this would not be a big miss, but City are signing Bony specifically for the purpose of easing their striker problems.
If Bony wasn’t heading to the African Cup of Nations, I’m sure he would most likely slot straight into the first-team due to their current injury predicament, but with Jovetic slowly making his return to the side, and with Sergio Aguero now likely to be fit by the time Bony returns to England, that isn’t the case.
Any striker would have to do a lot to knock Aguero’s name off of the team sheet, unless City look to pair the two up front. On the other hand, if Bony is going to be a big part of City’s plans, his signing could also spell the end of either Dzeko or Jovetic’s City career.
Ever since Bony joined Swansea there has always been talk of a big money move, but now that it has actually come to the surface I am left wondering whether this is really the right move for Bony. It could be the best thing for his career, or it could quite simply halt it.
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