Manchester City’s title chances will be significantly boosted if Wilfried Bony completes his big money move from Swansea to the Etihad Stadium this month, according to former England boss Glenn Hoddle.
The Sky Blues are currently two points adrift of table toppers Chelsea in the running for the big prize, with the eventual destination of the trophy expected to be Eastlands or west London.
Bony, who is currently away with Cote d’Ivoire at the AFCON, is expected to complete his switch to City before the month is out, where he will compete with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic for a starting berth, and is seen as a key coup with Manuel Pellegrini having been without an orthodox centre-forward in recent times due to a series of injuries.
And Hoddle feels that 2014’s top scorer in the Premier League with 20 goals will have a big say in where the title goes this term:
“For sure the deal gives City a much better chance of catching Chelsea,” he told Zapsports.com. “But I have to say with Bony’s signing it makes it far too close to call. Either side could win the title this season.
“I have a feeling it will be nip and tuck all the way to the very end. City clawed their way back to level at the top with Chelsea but then dropped a couple of points, but its going to be a little like that from now on in.”
However, Hoddle thinks that Pellegrini may have his work cut out fitting Bony and Aguero into his plans:
“Bony is used to playing up front on his own in the Swansea set up, but at City Manuel Pellegrini plays with two up top.
“So how well City do in the second half of the season – once Bony arrives – will depend on how he can fit in with Aguero.
“But for me it is a positive move by City in their quest to hold on to the Premier League title and now it’s up to the coach to see how he can make them work together and forge an understanding together.”