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Wilfried Bony: How can the striker fit in at Manchester City?

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Wilfried Bony struggled to find the back of the net for Manchester City following his move from Swansea, but the striker will be determined to find his feet in the upcoming campaign.

The Ivorian striker, it seems, has come a long way from plying his trade with Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie.

He now has an opportunity to shine for one of the fastest growing clubs in world football, to flirt with the world's best defenders in the champions league and show the whole of Europe his full potential.

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All this and more, because Wilfried Bony is a superb striker - he's proved it time again and time again with every single team he's put pen to paper with. His goalscoring record is top class.

Having scored 22 goals in 59 games for Sparta Prague he moved to Vitesse Arnhem burying an outstanding 46 goals in 65 league appearances and then of course on to Swansea City where he fired on all cylinders for the Welsh side smashing 25 goals in 54 league appearances.

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All of this along with Bony being the Premier League's top scorer in the 2014 calendar year, is what prompted the sky blues to snap up this emerging clinical talent. However, the fairy tale just hasn't quite taken off yet for Bony at the Etihad.

He has managed a meagre 2 goals in 10 league outings. A fall from the Ivorian's gleaming standards. Whilst it's far too early to call Bony a flop, it's uncertain just how he will fit into the City team and how exactly Manuel Pellegrini will play him. With calls for the manager to abandon his usual 4-4-2 in favour of a five man midfield.

If that were to happen, it's highly unlikely Bony will be favoured over his Argentine team-mates, Sergio Aguero. Especially with the likes of Sterling arriving at the Etihad, who adds a completely different dimension to City's style of play.

Speaking of styles of play though, let's analyse Bony's. The 26 year old attacker has a number of different strengths and abilities that could help City strengthen their attacking and possession game.

Holding the ball up, positioning, aerial strength, close control and his clinical finishing are what persuaded the Blues to buy him.

Bearing in mind the strengths of Bony's style - I definitely wouldn't render the Ivorian obsolete to the City team. Neither would I say he'll struggle for game time at the Etihad and rot on the bench.

However, what I will say is this - if the blues don't find a formation or tactic to make use of Wilfried Bony's talent on a regular basis and allow him to be a first team regular, it could potentially waste the strikers clinical talents.

If Manuel Pellegrini doesn't find a way to utilise Wilfried Bony's talent on a regular starting basis, we could be looking at another suitor for the Etihad exit door. 

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