Swansea City have made a very respectable start to the season so far. Currently sixth in the Premier League, the Swans have four wins from nine games to their name, and are currently above the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. This is with a squad that hasn’t been dramatically changed over the summer. With midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, striker Bafetimbi Gomis and centre back Federico Fernandez the most notable additions at the Liberty Stadium.
Acquisition wasn’t the aim for manager Garry Monk, with the fundamental goal being keeping hold of start striker Wilfried Bony. In order for the Welsh club to improve on their 12th place finish in the 2013/2014 campaign, keeping Bony out of the clutches of Europe’s elite was imperative. The powerful target man is something that every football fan relishes, a striker that has a bit of everything. Strength, pace and clinical in front of goal, the £12m price tag the Jack’s paid Dutch Eredivisie outfit Vitesse looks like a real bargain.
Bony made a name for himself at Czech side Sparta Prague, scoring 22 goals in 59 games, before earning his move to the Netherlands. In the space of three years with Vitesse, the Ivory Coast international scored 46 goals in 65 outings, before testing himself at the highest level in England’s top flight.
Thus far, Bony has scored a creditable 20 goals in 43 games for the Welsh club, and is sure to have another fantastic goalscoring campaign in the Premier League. Last season saw him bag 16 goals and seven assists in 27 games in all competitions under the guidance of Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk in his debut season in England. With a conversion rate of 14.8% and having just over three shots per game, it’s no wonder why there are a host of top teams attempting to prize Bony away from the Liberty stadium.
With Manchester City having bags of cash to splash on new players, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal failing to snap up attackers with goalscoring pedigree in the Premier League and fitness concerns in the striking department for both Manchester United and Chelsea, Bony could conceivably have something to offer to any of the league’s leading sides. Blessed with the ability to finish, head the ball and a lethal right boot, it is extremely strange why the so called top four clubs haven’t lodged a bid for this incredibly talented striker.
But this is to Swansea’a advantage, and realistically, another season in the Europa League should be the main aim for Garry Monk this campaign. The way Swansea play as a team suits Bony down to the ground. Many feel the need not to revolve the team around one star player, but in this case, giving Bony the ball as quickly as possible is probably the Swans’ most sure-fire way to achieve success.