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Wilfried Bony: Swansea's signing of the summer

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It came as a bit of a surprise that a player once dubbed 'the new Didier Drogba' and likened to many other legends in the game could be transferred to a mid-table team virtually unopposed.

Wilfried Bony once topped the transfer list of many big name clubs, after scintillating performances for Vitesse Arnhem.

The man was heroic for Vitesse, scoring 46 goals in 65 appearances during his two-year spell at the club. This came after making the switch from Sparta Prague where he struck 22 times in 59 matches.

Bony started his career in his homeland, Ivory Coast, with local side Issia Wazi. After an unsuccessful trial at Liverpool in 2007, he signed for Sparta Prague on loan the following year, winning the reserve league.

He then earned a full contract and joined the first-team, where he impressed, scoring 22 times in 59 appearances and winning both the Gambrinus Liga and the Czech Supercup in 2010.

In 2011, he signed for Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredevisie, where he scored on 12 occasions in his first year, earning the club's top goalscorer award.

The following season was Bony's breakout year, making the headlines by scoring 15 goals in the club's first 10 consecutive matches.

In his first appearance of the season, he equalised for Vitesse less than a minute after Tjarron Chery had put ADO Dan Haag in front.

Bony scored a 90th minute winner over Feyenoord on September 2, to earn the club its third win from the first four league games.

He then struck a hat-trick on October 6 2012 as Vitesse fought back three times to hold Herenveen to a 3–3 draw.

Bony was the culprit on November 4, when Vitesse stunned the eventual champions, Ajax, 2-0.

He scored both of the goals, ensuring six away wins in a row, and Vitesse's first at the Amsterdam Arena since 2001.

Bony added two more goals to his account in Vitesse's 4–1 victory over NEC Nijmegen on November 18. 

On November 25, Vitesse travelled to Eindhoven to face league leaders PSV, where Bony scored a late winner to put Vitesse on 31 points, level with second place FC Twente. He would then leave Vitesse to participate in the 2013 African Cup of nations with Ivory Coast before returning to again face PSV where he once again scored twice and secured a 2-2 draw on February 9.

On the 13th, he scored a hat-trick as Vitesse routed Heracles Almelo. The Bony lead, Vitesse surprised the league and Bony's stock began to rise. He would end the season with a whopping 34 goals which saw him play a more prominent role for his national side. 

He made five appearances in the 2013 African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, scoring four goals and helping the Elephants to a quarter-final finish.

Drawing comparisons to other African greats; Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o and Emmanuel Adebayor, his form did not go unnoticed, and European heavyweights began to circle. 

Liverpool renewed their interest, but faced competition from Arsenal and Tottenham in January of that year. German club Hoffenheim also showed interest, as did Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan. 

Despite the massive interest for his services initially, Bony snuck under the radar in this summer's transfer window. After such a hot streak, it came a bit of a surprise when Bony made the switch to 9th place Swansea City for a club record £12 million. 

There was no transfer saga, no bidding war, no war of words. It is safe to assume that had any big name club opposed Swansea, Bony would have happily signed for them. But that was not the case, and Swansea captured a player that could truly turn their fortunes around. 

Bony is every bit as good as Demba Ba of Chelsea, Olivier Giroud of Arsenal and Christian Benteke of Aston Villa, who stirred up quite the transfer buzz himself.

Bony possess pace, strength, and a keen eye for a goal. With a decent support cast of Michu, Pablo Hernandez, and Christian Guzman, it won't come as a surprise if Bony is amongst the top names competing for the golden boot.

With only a week remaining until the Premier League kicks off, time will tell if Bony can prove himself in the world's best league. I predict he will do just fine, great in fact.

 

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