In some last minute Wilfried Bony transfer of the window, the stocky striker has rejoined Swansea. Wilfried Bony has signed from Man City for £12mil. Bony joined Man City for £25mil two and a half years ago and spent last season on loan at Stoke City.
Transfer Fee: £12mil
Contract Length: 2 years (with an option of an extra year)
2016/17 League Stats: 9 starts (1 sub appearance) 2 goals
Verdict: So Wilfried Bony is back. He didn’t have the best of times at Man City, never really fitting in with their style or getting a consistent run of games. The change of management didn’t help either with Pep. clearly not fancying him. Even a loan to Stoke last season didn’t really go to plan. As a result he’s only scored eight goals in two and a half years to show his difficulties. City didn’t do too badly recouping as much as they did in my opinion.
Swansea always looked likely to lose Llorente with Chelsea circling most of the transfer window (even though he actually ended up at Spurs) and in all honesty they didn’t seem to put up much of a fight but it was clear that they wanted a replacement before they sold. Until now the only really recognised striker, who had played every game so far, is Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham. So another striker was a must. Wilfried Bony’ move was no real surprise however as there were quite a few links throughout the summer. If anything I’m only surprised it took until deadline day before a deal was secured.
In truth, Bony has never been the same player since he left Swansea. Clearly he and the club are hoping to recapture the form which led him to the impressive scoring figures of 26 goals in a year and half. A lot has changed since then however, no longer is he considered one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premiership and his confidence must have taken a hit after his experiences at Man City and Stoke so his response this season will be interesting. It has the feeling as one of his last chances in the Premiership.
He clearly suited Swansea’s system though and in that respect, not a lot has changed. Swansea are one of a few teams who have had a very clear footballing philosophy for several years now. It’s almost a necessity for any manager to buy into it before they can be appointed. A patient, possession led approach is almost written into the club’s DNA.
Whilst there have also been some impressive recent purchases at Swansea, such as Clucas and Renato Sanches there are also a few familiar faces still around from Bony’s previous stint such as Routledge, Dyer, Ki, Britton and even Carroll was on loan back then. In theory this too should further help a relatively smooth transition.
I feel quite a lot of Swansea’s season could hinge on this signing and given Bony’s recent form that is a big risk. I would have expected greater investment, given the money from sales, in a more recently proven goal-scorer or at least greater attempts. Bony seemed earmarked fairly early on in the window and I find that a surprise. Is he still good enough to be the main man?
They have lost their two main goal threats from last season in Sigurdsson and Llorente. Between them they contributed 24 of Swansea’s 45 league goals, a massive percentage which has been lost. The only game so far this season they have scored has been against arguably the most disappointing team in the league (Palace) and one of those was a gift. Against Southampton and Man Utd, they struggled to carve out many good chances.
I don’t think it’s been a bad window from Swansea but it’s hard to see where the goals are going to come from and I’m thoroughly unconvinced Bony will be the answer. If they aren’t scoring that will put an undue burden on the defence which I’m not sure is good enough to get them out of trouble as much as they would need to avoid flirting with relegation again this season. I think their biggest saving grace is that there are at least three worst teams than them this year.
We know him pretty well already, but just in case… 😄
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017
Bony, will he score enough? Swansea, relegation candidates? Leave your thoughts below.