Date:Wednesday January 1 2014
Wilfried Bony has had his fair share of critics so far since joining Swansea City in a £12m move, but he proved against Manchester City that he does have star quality.
Some supporters expected the record signing to hit the ground running at the Liberty Stadium in 2013. After all, he averaged a goal every game last season in the Dutch League and was our first 8-figure transfer. Chairman Huw Jenkins probably still has sleepless nights over forking out what was a massive fee in Swansea City terms, so some fans expected goals from day 1.
However, Bony arrived late on in pre-season and didn't have a Summer of training and preparation with his new team-mates, his fitness was also lacking and needed time and games to adjust to a new country and League - one that has taken Bony some time in getting used to - mainly because of how much quicker it is compared to the Dutch league.
Despite what has been a slow start at Swansea, his goalscoring record can't be questioned. He's been in and out of the team up until recently and the majority of his goals have come in Cup competitions (apparently). In fact, the 24 year-old has netted 6 goals in 9 League starts, with another 6 goals in 10 Cup games.
His performance in the 3-2 defeat against Manchester City was most probably his best yet in a Swansea City shirt. Earlier on in the season he struggled to even do his basic duties right at times - holding the ball up, winning headers, passing and moving, but today - all those things he did well - and against some of the best defenders in the entire Premier League.
His hold up play was good, he brought his team-mates into play and his movement was much better. Most importantly though, he scored 2 goals and he was unfortunate that it wasn't enough to give us a much-needed point against a talented side who sit in 2nd place.
His first goal was an excellent header that gave Joe Hart no chance of stopping, but his second strike late on in the game was the pick of the two. A fierce low drive that he buried into the bottom right hand corner, but it wasn't enough to influence a comeback from 3-1 down.
Laudrup praised the performance of the striker:
"From the first minute to the end, he was moving, using his body well, playing one-twos. That`s what we want to see.
"You can`t ask a player for goals or to play well, but you can ask a player to do the things they can give you.
"Maybe he needed time to adapt to this football because, with all due respect to the Dutch league, there is a world of difference between this league and the Dutch league.
"I just hope this will be the performance we see from him. I`m not talking about scoring the goals; I am talking about all of the other things.
As Laudrup says, hopefully we'll see more of the same from Bony in future games, as we need his firepower up front what with the likes of Michu injured.
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