A relatively low-profile player outside of the Eredivisie, Wilfried Bony is currently flourishing with Vitesse and enjoying his best-ever season, with 27 goals in 25 games for the club.

It is only his third season with the Dutch club and his goalscoring exploits have attracted attention in England.

According to The Sun, Chelsea are keen on the Ivory Coast international and are set to lure him away from the Netherlands with a £12m move. West Ham are also said to be interested in the Eredivisie top scorer, but may not be able to compete with the Blues given their financial clout.

One hot topic about Bony is the similarities in playing style he shares with ex-Chelsea hit-man Didier Drogba. The 6ft 24-year-old striker has good pace and is a physically imposing striker with strength and ability to hold the ball. As top scorer in the Dutch league, his finishing speaks for itself.

Given the high pressure that comes with playing for a high-profile club like Chelsea, the question now is will Bony be given the time he deserves to adapt to the English Premiere League? He is by no means the finished article and chances are he will take a considerable amount of time to settle in to the rigours of playing in England's top flight.

Coupled with a fickle player rotation policy at Stamford Bridge, Bony could very well see his playing time, and his development as a player, severely limited should he not be able to immediately step up to the plate.

The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues in the world - if not the toughest league. A player plying his trade in the Eredivisie will find that it may not be as easy to hold the ball, or they may not have as much time as they would like on the ball. Needless to say, the level of physicality will be greater as well as the intensity of the game.

Perhaps Bony does have the potential to be the next Ivory Coast talisman, but making a move to London at this stage of his career would be a risk for both player and club. The management at Chelsea are not known for their patience and it would take an exceptionally talented young player to successfully make the leap from the Netherlands to the UK.


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