It was only last January where Wilfried Bony made a £25 million move to Manchester City from Swansea City but now, according to the Daily Mail, the Swans are planning a return for the striker.
The Ivorian has only netted four goals in his 26 league appearances this season, failing to maintain a regular role in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up. Having failed to impress this season, it will take a miracle for Bony to persuade new boss Pep Guardiola he’s the right man to feature for City on a weekly basis next campaign.
With that in mind and the high expectations the Spaniard requires, it looks like a departure is inevitable for City’s number 14.
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With a big-money takeover imminent at Swansea, the side could have plenty of money to spend in the upcoming window so Bony’s £18 million price tag won’t prevent the move from happening. Once adored by big names, the forward may not be overly impressed that his career has arguably endured a step-back. However, if regular football is what he desires then a return to Wales is a must.
The news of a possible return for the 27-year-old should be music to Swansea fans’ ears. Having bagged 35 goals in 70 appearances at the Liberty Stadium, there’s no doubt Bony will be welcomed back with open arms.
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The forward has fallen down the pecking list at the Etihad this season with the rise of Kelechi Iheanacho catching the eye of the current City boss. The young talent has proven to be the man to challenge Sergio Aguero for a regular place in Guardiola’s line-up next campaign, netting 13 goals - the third-highest City scorer this season. To pose more problems for the Ivorian, reports suggest the incoming coach is looking for a new striker in the summer, with Robert Lewandowski one of the names being linked with a move.
If the striker was to make the U-turn back to Wales, it could stir speculation regarding the futures of Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew who have impressed this season and will be in demand this summer. Signing someone of Bony’s calibre, however, will definitely cushion the blow.
The former Sparta Prague star causes havoc to defenders when given the chance to play. He can link up well with a striking partner, playing behind a number nine but is equally dangerous when latching onto balls delivered from the flanks.
Swansea are fully aware of the attributes Bony possesses and after a spell on the big stage in Manchester, the Ivorian will no doubt have more to deliver in his second spell at the club.
Despite his career currently being on pause, the 27-year-old still has plenty to prove in England’s top flight. Maybe making the step up to City was a hasty decision but if he decides to return to Wales, fans should expect to see the Bony of old.