Manchester City have warmed up the winter transfer window by signing the highly-rated striker Wilfried Bony for a huge fee.
City reported paid £25 million to enquire the service of Bony from Swansea. The fee could rise as high as £28 million based on Bony's performance and achievements in Man City's shirt. Bony has signed a four-and-a-half year contract and will wear the number 14 shirt.
The 26-year-old striker joins Man City after scoring 34 goals in 70 appearances for Swansea following his £12m move from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013. He scored 20 Premier League goals for Swansea in the year 2014, more than any other strikers.
Bony: Complete striker?
Since moving to England, Bony has widely been considered one of the most complete strikers in the Premier League. He is strong, fast, skillful, and, most importantly, has an eye for goals. Bony is also a good team-player, and a good header as well.
In theory, Bony is a must-have striker for almost every Premier League side. However, whether he worths the money for Man City remains a question to be answered. Does Pellegrini's side really need another striker?
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The answer is "yes" if we turn back time, to the day when Man City had no striker available because of injury. That day, Pellegrini had to change his system from 4-4-2 to 4-6-0, and in some games, had to use midfielder James Milner as a striker. The situation was so desperate that Pellegrini reportedly regretted loaning Alvaro Negredo to Valencia in the summer.
At this moment, however, another striker is not what Pellegrini really needs. All of his three strikers, Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko, all returned from injury, which means that with the addition of Bony, Pellegrini now has four strikers for his preferred 4-4-2 system. Making everyone happy becomes an impossible mission.
Even if Pellegrini decides to let one of the two second-choice strikers, Jovetic and Dzeko, leave Etihad this window to make room for Bony, there is still doubt over how the Chilean manager can make the best use of Aguero and Bony presence in the team.
Aguero and Bony themselves are not problem. The problem is that they belong to the same group of strikers. They all want to decide the match on their own, and have enough qualities to do that. They all want to be the focal point of their team's attack. So it is very, very certainly that they will step over each other's feet.
Someday, dealing with Aguero and Bony could become the question of "me or him?" for Pellegrini to answer.