Will Bony be given his chance?
But with City’s abundance of firepower, how much of a chance will their new man be given? And how will he be accommodated alongside a now fully fit Sergio Aguero as they aim to secure back to back Premier League titles?
Bony scored 20 goals in the calendar year of 2014, more than any other Premier League player and it’s entirely possible his ratio will improve at Manchester City. With injuries hampering Sergio Aguero’s season, the champions are crying out for a striker who can play either alone or with a partner up front. Bony can do both.
The 26-year-old is underrated in terms of his versatility. Bony’s ability to be the focal point of a strike force is evident in his partnership with midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson at Swansea. Both were a goal threat because of the service of the other. In addition to his goals, Bony possesses the intelligence and awareness needed to contribute elsewhere in attack.
Promisingly, his partner in crime at new club Manchester City is likely to be a step up in David Silva. The Spaniard will provide Bony with options he was previously unaware of on a football pitch. Failing that, Bony will likely be paired with one of Aguero, Edin Dzeko or Stevan Jovetic - an impressively varied range of forward options. It will be interesting to see how City’s new man performs alongside better players, but regardless of whether Bony finishes chances or creates them, he is sure to make a sizeable contribution.
A criticism aimed towards the £25-million-man, certainly prior to this season, was that he relies on chances being created for him rather than forging his own goal-scoring opportunities. It has become clear this term, however, that Bony is able to score all kinds of goals. Evidence of this was prominent in his final appearance for Swansea when, late in the game, he turned beautifully and smashed in an equaliser against QPR, a truly remarkable individual goal scored by an undoubtedly talismanic figure. Given City’s current form, Bony is exactly the type of striker they need.
Fit and ready
If Sergio Aguero stays fit, Manchester City have one of the best out-and-out strikers in world football. The Argentine leads the line powerfully when unaided by a sidekick and has enjoyed sporadic moments of partnerships with the club’s other strikers. But the prospect of an Aguero-Bony combination is mouth-watering, and could be exceptionally productive.
The problem here, at least for Bony, lays in the possibility Aguero is preferred to him. If City re-find their form using Aguero as a lone frontman, Bony might be spending a fair amount of time warming the bench. This view is shared by Swansea director John van Zweden, who is of the opinion Bony won’t be given a fair crack of the whip at the Etihad.
He’ll be keen to avoid a bit-part role, but the striker must perceive patience as a virtue. Aguero, with his unfortunately recurring fitness issues, simply won’t be available for every match. When he’s out, Bony must step up and show his competence in leading the line.