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Wilfred Bony Back Where He Started In The Premier League

In 2014, Wilfred Bony set the Premier League alight with his tenacity, skill and goalscoring prowess. He ended the year as the most prolific striker in the division and earned himself a lucrative move to the Premier League crème de la crème. Two years on, Wilfred Bony is back where he started.

When Wilfred Bony arrived the Premier League in 2013, he had conquered Holland, having scored 31 goals in 30 games, he left the Eredivisie with the 2013 golden shoe under his arm. The £12 million Swansea paid Vitesse for his services broke the record for the most expensive signing by a Welsh club.

If it took just sheer physicality to succeed in the Premier League, Bony would thrive. Although, not a six-foot tall striker, he exuded the strength, pace and technique to perform considerably well in the Premier League. He actually did, initially. 17 goals in just over 30 games in his first full season at the Liberty and a further nine in the second half of his second, saw him finish 2014 as the Premier League’s top scorer for 2014.

Too good for Swansea? Manchester City priced him away from South Wales for £25 million, the perfect player to share goalscoring burden with Sergio Aguero at the Etihad.

Trouble in paradise

Bony’s move to the Etihad was deemed admirable for his career trajectory. The opportunity to feature for one of the Premier League’s top teams, play in the Champions League and perhaps win lots of trophies was too good to pass up. Sadly, things couldn’t stop going south for the Ivorian.

The 28-year-old had scored nine Premier League goals in the first half of the 2014-15 season for Swansea but could only muster two for the entirety of the other half for the Citizens. Even City’s Academy graduate, Kelechi Iheanacho was performing much better than the 2015 AFCON winner. It left the once feared striker cursing his luck from the Manchester City bench.

Wilfred Bony is back at Swansea

We can point fingers at Manuel Pellegrini for not given the Ivorian striker enough playing time, still, it was Bony who failed to make his (few) chances count. 10 goals to show after 46 games were too paltry a return for a striker who cost £25 million.

Loan to Stoke

There seemed to be some light at the end of the tunnel for Wilfred Bony’s disappointing Manchester City career. Stoke City provided an escape, taking the player on a one-year loan spell. The Potters would give the Ivorian the much-needed playing time while he worked himself back to the once revered Premier League goal machine.

Again the Stoke spell ended in a disaster. Haunted by injuries, at some point even malaria, Bony struggled to make an impact at the Bet365. Pitched behind Saido Berahino in Mark Hughes strikers pecking order, Bony could only manage a couple of goals in his ten Premier League appearances. The question was, where and what next for Wilfred Bony?

Back to base

Wilfred Bony is now back at Swansea. The club who brought him into the Premier League has seen light in the midst of the darkness that has engulfed the 2016 League Cup winner for the past two years. Like the proverbial prodigal son, Bony has been welcomed back to South Wales, hopefully, to continue where he left off in 2015.

Paul Clement is really taking a big gamble in signing Bony. The Swans has reportedly paid a fee of £12 million for a striker whose career seems to be going anywhere but up.

Perhaps he’s been brought in for depth. Impressive Chelsea loanee, Tammy Abraham is City’s only recognized centre-forward and Bony would provide an experienced cover for the youngster. Whatever the case, Wilfred Bony has completed the cycle – he’s back where he started in the Premier League.

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