Wilfried Bony was not the right man for Manchester City

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In Wilfried Bony, Manchester City have signed one of the most prolific goalscorers in England but is the Ivorian really the right man to improve their front line?

Few would argue City's need for a fourth top class striker given the injury crisis that hit in December, leaving Mr Versatile James Milner to fill in as a makeshift centre forward, but have they rushed their decision?

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One look at Bony's record during his time in England suggests City have signed a deadly forward - he scored 34 times in just 70 games for Swansea - but the step up to the Premier League champions is a big one.

Not only will the 26-year-old have to get used to fighting for the league title as opposed to being content with a top 10 finish, he'll also find himself being tested against the very best defenders in the world when Manchester City's Champions League dream gets back underway next month.

City have regularly come up short against top European competition in recent years, and you have to question whether Bony could be the man to make the difference.

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If Manuel Pellegrini and the City hierarchy are serious about challenging for the Champions League this season and beyond they should have set their sights on a man with winning experience in the competition: they should have signed Pedro Rodriguez.

Would Barcelona sell?

Ok, signing someone of Pedro's quality is far easier said than done, but he's the calibre of player that City have to be setting their sights on if they're to take the next step.

The 27-year-old currently finds himself fourth choice at Barca, with the phenomenal trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez ahead of him.

Like City, Barca probably recognise the need for options in attack, but had Pedro showed a desire to leave the Nou Camp, the Catalan giants would have likely cashed in.

By selling Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal last summer, Barca proved every player has his price, and you can expect Pedro's to be similar to the £32million his former teammate cost.

While that may be slightly more than the £25 million City have laid out on Bony, it would undoubtedly seem money well spent should Pedro have the desired impact.

Proven Winner

Say Barca were willing to let one of their home grown talents spread his wings and move elsewhere, was is it about Pedro that would make him the ideal choice for City?

Well, to start with, he's a proven winner, having already collected 12 major club honours during his career as well as playing a big part in Spain's successful World Cup campaign of 2010, and helping them win the European Championships two years later.

Most of the current squad at City could only dream of such an impressive medal haul and adding Pedro's trophy winning experience to their squad would be a huge asset.

Would he move?

For City, attracting a player of Bony's credentials is easy business. Very few players in the world would turn down the chance to swap Premier League mid-table for a crack at the Champions League.

However, Pedro has already been there and done it all, so would City appeal to him?

The Manchester rain certainly wouldn't convince him to swap the Nou Camp for the Etihad Stadium, but regular football might.

This season the Spanish attacker has made 17 league appearances, but only nine of them have come as a starter and he's been given a full 90 La Liga minutes just twice.

At City he'd be an automatic choice alongside another top class striker in Sergio Aguero, and that must appeal to any player struggling for game time.

Style of play

As ever, there'd be questions over his ability to adapt to English football and doubts over whether he'd cope with the physical nature of the Premier League, but we only need to look at Sanchez to see the answer.

Yes, the Premier League is a completely different ball game to La Liga, but the Arsenal star has shown that class is permanent, regardless of what league you play in.

Though he may not be an out-and-out striker in the way Bony is, the thought of a front three of David Silva, Aguero and Pedro would certainly whet the appetite of any City fan.

So while Bony may turn out to be a good signing for Pellegrini, we can't help but think Pedro would have been a great signing.

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