2014 proved to be a great year for Wilfried Bony, but with a new year and a new club the Ivorian has to hit the ground running in order to fit the bill of a quality signing for Man City.
A bargain signing some would suggest for the top goalscorer in the Premier League for the last year, at a modest £25 million and averaging almost a goal every other game it seems like a no-brainer that he would emulate his form this year.
It shouldn't be a problem for the top goalscorer in 2014 to find the net, as he has done so quite comfortably for a Swansea team that (no offence) certainly lack the impressive creativity that the reigning Premier League champions can offer.
Bony must hit the ground running
Bony's stocky figure and his intelligent movement have proven why he's one of the most efficient and reliable goalscorers in the league at the moment. Not only quick off the mark but strong as an ox, there's no disputing, based on current form, that he deserves his big move that branded him 'The most expensive African player of all time'.
That being said, this seemingly 'sure-fire' goalscorer has to hit the ground running, as its not unusual for players making a step up to a top-four team to struggle finding that form that has warranted them a big money move.
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Just ask Demba Ba, Loic Remy who both struggled to make waves at Chelsea or ex-Blackburn Rovers and Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz.
Bearing in mind, the firepower already at Pellegrini's disposal, Bony, who originally was the out and out striker at Swansea, will now have a bit of stiff competition for a starting place having to contest with the likes of the Argentinian superstar Sergio Aguero or the Bosnian hitman Edin Dzeko surely giving him something to think about.
And with the African Cup of Nations to distract him, it could well be a couple of months down the line before the man from the Ivory Coast has a chance to impress.
Having said all that, it's fair to believe that Bony IS a natural goalscorer, and potent wherever he goes, as the man provided 34 goals in 70 games in a Swansea shirt and 46 in 65 with his previous employers. And maybe the move IS the perfect fit for the Ivorian and Man City, maybe the new competition will be good for him.
But this is football. The beautiful game where nothing is certain, and anything can happen. Its fair to say that only time will tell if Wilfried Bony will warrant his fairly modest price tag and fulfill his potential or, like many before him, will not fit the bill and shy away from the big stage.
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