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Laudrup: Wilfried Bony is a "special case"

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has revealed that striker Wilfried Bony has been offered a personal training programme to help the striker to improve his form.

The Ivorian - a club record £12 million signing this summer - has scored just twice in nine Premier League appearances since arriving at the South Wales club, with the majority of his goals coming in Europe.

Bony has netted three times in six Europa League matches after joining from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.

He is yet to take off in the top flight though, and Laudrup told This Is South Wales: "He's something of a special case for a lot of reasons."

The 24-year-old scored 37 goals in 32 games for club and country last season, but has suffered from a slow start since his move to the Swans.

And the Danish manager admitted that his player had a disrupted pre-season, adding: "We all know when you have a huge price tag on your shoulders there's always a lot more pressure and expectation on you - that's logic.

"He started playing in some games and he did well, especially the European games and a couple of others. But of course we want him to be at his best because I'm the first one knowing the expectation and that everyone is looking at him.

"We are here to help him and that's why we are trying to give him a programme where we are doing extra things with him - to get him at his best.

"On top of what I am saying, he is also coming from the Dutch League to the Premier League. It's a huge step and he needs to adapt, and that is why we're trying to help him, we are all trying to do that."

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