Wilfried Bony has been backed to help Manchester City in the quest for treble success by captain Vincent Kompany.
The Ivorian striker completed a £25million move to the Premier League champions earlier this month, and Kompany believes his teammate can help City retain their crown, and lift the Champions League and FA Cup.
City made a surprise decision to allow Alvaro Negredo to move to Valencia on a season-long loan on the final day of the transfer window, with the move becoming permanent this summer.
In his absence Manuel Pellegrini's side have been a striker short, and were made to pay for their decision when injuries to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic left them without a striker during the crucial festive period.
With James Milner operating as a make-shift forward and David Silva finding his goalscoring touch, City somehow managed to close the gap on leaders Chelsea, but Kompany believes their new addition will make a difference.
Bony has been a handful for Kompany during his battles with City for former club Swansea, and the Belgian defender is relishing the prospect of facing him day in day out on the training ground.
While Bony cannot be expected to lead City's trophy hunt on his own, Kompany is certain he can have an impact, saying: "I rate him, I really do."
The City skipper went on to tell the Manchester Evening News: "But we have seen it this season, it’s never about individuals.
"Ifyou put together a group of strong players then you have a chance. I think you need it more than ever because you’ve seen the injuries we have had.
“If we are serious about the Champions League, if we are serious about the league and the FA Cup then you need good players like him. You can’t get enough of them."
Despite having Aguero, Dzeko and Jovetic all available again, Pellegrini was still short of a genuine replacement for Negredo's power, until signing Bony.
The former Swansea man is as strong as they come while still possessing enough pace to scare defenders. Add to that an explosive shot and a touch befitting a much smaller man and you have the final element of a potent front line, and Kompany believes that's essential to success.
If you look at all the big teams around us, they have the same kind of strike force," he said.
“You do need it. The teams we are competing with have the same tools and it’s as simple as that."
As a physical defender himself, Kompany is comfortable dealing with the likes of Bony, and he revealed his excitement at getting up close and personal with the big Ivorian on a more regular basis.
"I quite enjoyed facing him in matches, but I will face him in training more now," he said.