Wilfried Bony can thrive in the absence of talisman Sergio Aguero

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When Ivorian Wilfried Bony joined Manchester City from Swansea in January earlier this year, he brought with him a renowned goalscoring pedigree and reputation as one of the Premier League's most clinical strikers.

Since his move, though, the 26-year-old has failed to establish himself in a City shirt, largely playing second fiddle to Sergio Aguero and strikers gone by.

However, with the Argentine now out with a hamstring injury, Bony has a great chance to shine in his team-mate's absence and took a big step in doing so by scoring twice in the Citizens' 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth on Saturday.


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The brutish striker, who started only his sixth game since joining City, said he is now hoping to add more goals in the coming weeks after what was a strong performance and return to form.

"The most important thing for me is to work hard for the team", he told the club's official website.

"I was maybe eight games without a goal but I just needed to work hard and I did that today, scored twice so I'm happy about that."

Manuel Pellegrini's men face a big week ahead, with a UEFA Champions League clash against Sevilla on Wednesday and then a feisty visit from neighbours Manchester United on Sunday.

Aware of the challenge at hand, Bony insisted City must keep up their destructive form to take decent results away from both games.

"We are in good form and are playing really well at the moment," Bony continued.

"We need to keep scoring goals and winning games. We have Sevilla next and then United so it's going to be an important few days for us."

Amidst Aguero and David Silva's absence, much of the goalscoring burden will undoubtedly be placed upon Bony who, whilst capable of bearing such responsibility, will hope that he is able to finally announce himself as a Manchester City player.

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