While Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City will surely have a positive impact on the Champions in the quest retain their title, the deal has subsequently sent shockwaves throughout the rest of the league, with the Ivorian’s ex-employers feeling the full brunt of his move.
Garry Monk and Swansea City now have a big task on their hands in sourcing Bony’s replacement. Although his reported £28million price tag will certainly ease their cause, finding a striker as prolific as Manchester City’s new no. 14 will not be easy.
In light of this January transfer development, Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse has emerged has a surprise contender to emulate, and perhaps replace, Wilfried Bony at the Liberty Stadium. While some Swansea fans are perhaps aiming higher this January, could Cisse start firing for the Swans and eventually become a new hero for the Welsh side?
When the Newcastle striker, who is currently away with the African Cup of Nations, first signed for the Magpies back in 2012, Papiss Cisse arrived as an unpredictable, yet underrated striker from the Bundesliga. He repaid the faith put in him by his new club by becoming an instant hit on Tyneside, scoring goals for fun, and good ones at that. The Senegalese hitman finished the successful campaign with 13 Premier League goals, two of which came dramatically against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Since then however, a series of testing injuries and a subsequent drop in form has cost Cisse his once guaranteed starting place in Newcastle’s side, having to settle with a place on the subs bench instead. The summer arrival of Ayoze Perez has seen the 29-year-old striker fall out of favour even further with the Magpies, despite his impressive goals to minutes ratio recorded this campaign.
This, albeit brief, good form in front of goal has seemingly caught the attention of the Swans in their pursuit of Bony’s replacement. While such talk will likely come to no meaningful outcome, the link nevertheless represents a potentially exciting prospect for Garry Monk. Newcastle’s no. 9 is a proven finisher – even if the comparisons with Bony remain slightly wide of the mark, Cisse’s undoubted knack for goal-scoring could go a long way in replacing Swansea’s departing start, if only on a temporary basis.
If this potential deal were to take place, ‘temporary’ would be the word to suit it best. At 26-years-old, Wilfried Bony has a few more years at the top available to him than Cisse does, and whilst Newcastle’s Senegalese striker may be an undisputed finisher, his technical ability leaves a lot to be desired when compared with the Etihad’s latest star.
As a short term deal however, Papiss Cisse, along with the somewhat forgotten Bafetimbi Gomis, could still do the business down at the Liberty Stadium, even if fitness issues have been a concern for the former Freiburg striker in recent years. Such a move would be hard felt by the St. James’ faithful regardless of the potential reception on Swansea’s end.
Ultimately Papiss Cisse could do a good job for Garry Monk in the foreseeable future, but he is just not the man Swansea City fans want to be leading their front line right now. Alongside someone who is however, this deal might just start making sense for the Swans in their steady rise up the Premier League table.