Wilfried Bony should not be expecting to walk straight into the Manchester City side when he links up with his new team following the Africa Cup of Nations final in which Ivory Coast play Ghana on Sunday.
The £25m man may find himself shocked after being called a ‘squad player’ by his new manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the Chilean manager saying Bony will have to fight for his place in the Premier League side like any other player.
The full quotes are available in the Daily Star, in which Pellegrini states:
“Bony is a squad player also, he is not coming here just because we need him urgently. We will see when he comes back. We will talk then. We’ll see in the way he works if he starts at the beginning, if he’s in the starting line-up.”
The Manchester City star also emphasised the importance of the squad in the above report in the Daily Star, giving the impression that no individual is more important than the unit. Such quotes may come as a surprise to some fans, who see the Chilean’s side as more of a group of individuals than anything resembling a strong team ethic.
The Manchester City managee was also said to be putting the pressure on forgotten man Stevan Jovetic, in the same Daily Star piece, stating that the Montenegrin needs to work hard to prove his worth to the team.