Manchester City today completed the signing of Swansea striker Wilfried Bony. He joins the Premier League champions on a four-and-a-half year deal worth in excess of £25million.
Yaya Toure, Robin Van Persie, Edin Dzeko and Cesc Fabregas are all Premier League stars whose transfer fee's were lower than that of the £28 million man. Those are some big, big boots to fill.
So, with such a high transfer fee to his name, is there pressure on the Ivorian to perform at the Etihad? Probably, yes. Expectations are always high at Eastlands these days, and should Bony not perform, Manuel Pellegrini only has Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stefan Jovetic to call on - what a horrendous dilemma!
The start of Bony
Bony started his career nine years ago at hometown Ivorian outfit Issia Wazi, before joining Czech side Sparta Prague. He played in the B side for a year, before breaking into the first team in 2008. For three years he played for the Czech heavyweights, scoring 22 goals in 59 games.
This caught the eye of Vitesse Arnhem, with Bony joining the Dutch outfit in 2011. He then scored 46 goals in 55 games, including an impressive 30 goals in 31 games in 2012-2013 season.
Premier League move
This alerted Swansea City, who smashed their record transfer fee to bring the 6"4" striker to the Liberty. They paid in excess of £12 million for the Ivorian international, who repaid the faith shown by then-manager Michael Laudrup. He fired 20 goals in 2014 to become the Premier League's top goalscorer.
So after two seasons in Wales, Bony has done enough to convince European heavyweights Manchester City to make a move, despite their massive array of attacking talent already on show at the club.
Bony finds himself at a side where the attacking talent is already outrageous. With the strikers, the wingers and creative attackers that City possess the move could be a godsend to Bony, who thrives of the creativeness of those around him.
He often linked up fantastically with the likes of Alejandro Pozuelo, Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson at Swansea, and the class of creativity that will surround him at City is of a different quality to any that he will have played with before.
So can he do the job? I think, yes he will. You aren't given a £28 million price tag for nothing. Although this is nothing to do with Bony himself, he will be aware of the expectation.
He becomes Africa's most expensive footballer and rightly so. The Ivorian has pace and inevitable power but also thinks intelligently for such a big man too. With the exceptional team-mates around him, Bony can go on and be very successful at City.
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