Wilfriend Bony is finding it tough at Manchester City.

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony will struggle to make it at Manchester City

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When Manchester City announced the signing of Wilfried Bony in January, City's title rivals had to stand up and take notice. However, the move hasn't worked out for the Ivorian so far.

It looked like a blockbuster signing at the time. Adding the most in-form striker in the previous calendar year - scoring 20 goals in 2014 - to an already menacing strike force of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic, seemed an impressive statement of intent.

But where has it gone wrong for the former Swansea forward? With four league goals in just under 12 months and four assists in all competitions, that hardly represents a £28 million striker.


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Heavy competition

Even when Bony signed, people wondered where he would fit in. Aguero will always be the main man to lead the line, with his unprecedented goalscoring record. So unless Pellegrini played two up top he would rarely get a chance.

For a striker with his physical attributes he needs regular game time. His game is based around feeding his teammates around him, flicking on balls and laying off to an onrushing midfielder.

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He needs to understand the movements of his new teammates to ensure he is on the same wavelength. That's not going to happen if he comes off the bench for a few minutes or only plays a couple of matches.

Not to mention the Citizens added Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne to the ranks in the summer, so they’re another two players he would need time to gel with.

Attributes don't complement City

Bony was meant to give Manchester City a different dimension. A player that can help break teams down when there isn't any space for likes of Aguero to run in behind. Unfortunately it looks like Bony doesn't have enough pace to suit this City side.

He doesn't need to be lightning quick, but he seems too slow on the turn to play others in and then run back into the box in time to provide the finish.

This ends up slowing City's attacks down and infuriates City fans. Teams also know they can push up a bit against Pellegrini's side knowing Bony won't run in behind, restricting space for de Bruyne and David Silva.


Pressure of big club

To be fair to Bony it isn't going to be easy when you’re fighting with Aguero for a place in the side and he did pick up some injuries at the beginning of his City career. However, can he deal with the pressure of playing at a big club challenging for major honours?

Last month the former Vitesse striker was reported by the Mirror saying he is "trying everything" to score.

“It’s important for me to get goals, but the more important thing is to win, so if others are getting them, that’s OK,” said the 26-year-old.

He looks short of confidence at the moment, he hasn't been putting the chances away like he did for the Swans. However, the demands at Swansea aren’t the same as Manchester City’s.

At Swansea there wasn't much pressure on him or his side. They weren't going to get relegated, nor were they expected to challenge for the European spots. He was going into games knowing if he didn’t score they weren’t in trouble.

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Not only that, he knew his name was on the teamsheet every week. He didn’t have to worry about losing his place.

When you're under the spotlight at one of the big clubs, one bad game and you're on the back of the newspapers being crticised as a waste of money.

Bony has to try and deal with that fast, because otherwise he might not win the major honours he dreams of.

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