Following Swansea City's £12m record signing of Wilfried Bony, we take a look at how the striker will fare playing his trade in the Premier League and how he will improve Michael Laudrup's side next season.
Bony may be an unheard of talent to some football fans, but soon enough everyone will know his name. He has just transferred to Swansea for a transfer fee in the region of £12m, which is a club record, and with this will come high expectations.
The Ivorian international is a strong and powerful forward who can play with his back to goal and hold the ball up well, but he is also adequate enough to run in behind defenders and stretch the defensive line.
He is a technically gifted player, with the ability to play the style of football which has become associated with the Welsh club, and should fit in nicely to their philosophy.
He was once referred to as being the 'next Drogba', due to his size and physical capabilities. However, such a comparison is unfair as he has his own style and skill set that differs from the former Chelsea forward.
What is a similar between the players is their ability to score goals for their team. Last season Bony managed to score an amazing 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie matches, making him the league's top scorer.
In addition to this, he continued his form onto the international stage and has scored four goals in five games for the Ivory Coast this year.
This impressive goal to game ration is one of the main reasons why several European clubs have been interested in acquiring his services.
Swansea will definitely benefit from his signing as he will offer support for Michu, occupying defenders while the Spaniard exploits pockets of space where he can be at his most effective.
He will give Swansea a new dimension, allowing them to play long balls forward and put more crosses into the box.
Bony, like Michu, also has that clinical instinct to be able to put the ball in the net when it matters most.
Overall, Bony is an exciting addition and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the Premier League. The transition may take a few games but once he settles in he will be a handful for any defender in England due to his size, speed and finishing ability.
If he performs as expected, then he could ensure that Swansea City will be competing for the cup competitions again next season, while also bettering their ninth place finish in the Premier League.
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