Wilfried Bony’s £28million switch from Swansea to Manchester City is a mistake for both parties.
Bony, as the leading Premier League scorer in 2014, is certainly more than capable of succeeding at City. The Ivorian, at 26, is a great all-round striker who should be approaching the peak years of his career.
However, it appears unlikely he will get a chance to show this given their intense competition for strikers. City’s striker injury crisis contributed to the decision to sign Bony.
Currently away at the African Cup of Nations, Bony will not return for a few weeks, by which time City will be well-stocked again. When Bony first joins his teammates Sergio Aguero should have returned, as he is already training, in addition to the widely underrated Edin Dzeko, who has an excellent goal record.
It appears hard to envisage Bony gaining the opportunity he deserves with such proven strikers surrounding him, and Pellegrini preferring to play just one genuine striker. Had Bony been able to play immediately, the next few weeks could have provided an opportunity to establish himself.
At Liverpool or Arsenal, Bony could have became their main striker and source of goals, but at City this appears unlikely. Is Champions League Football really worth if for the amount of time spent warming the City bench?
Just ask the increasing lists of players whose careers were damaged at City or who didn’t stay long, with only their back pockets benefiting. This includes Alvaro Negredo, Jerome Boateng, Javi Garcia, Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell, Roque Santa Cruz and Scott Sinclair.
Negredo is the most relevant example for Bony, as both arrived being considered top strikers, with ‘the Beast’ failing to displace the partnership Aguero and Dzeko share so effectively.
Bony might win silverware at City and line his pockets, but how deserving will he feel of it if only being an infrequent contributor? What’s the problem for City though? They’re rich and have another great striker.
However, the move is clearly not beneficial for City’s increasingly difficult task of staying with Financial Fair Play.
Manuel Pellegrini admitted as much in a recent interview: “We have important restrictions about amount of money and restrictions on players we can put in our Champions League squad.”
City recently had FinanciaL Fair Play sanctions concerning how much they can spend, though were still able to spend nearly £50m last summer. The Bony move will only exacerbate this problem and lead to further sanctions, strange when the club appears to already have plenty of firepower.
Though Wilfred Bony is an outstanding talent, and Swansea will certainly appreciate the record transfer fee they received, the move appears to a mistake for both parties.
An unnecessary risk to Bony’s reputation, and an unnecessary risk to City’s ability to stay within the circling vultures of FFP.