Speculation continues to surround the future of Manchester City’s Ivorian striker, Wilfried Bon...
Speculation continues to surround the future of Manchester City’s Ivorian striker, Wilfried Bony, who has endured a difficult time at the Etihad Stadium following his £28 million move from Swansea City in January 2015.
As Manchester City prepare for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final showdown with Paris St-Germain (PSG), Bonycontinues to be linked with a move away from a club for which he has started only 18 games at the time of writing.
Two stories have appeared in the national press in the past week; West Ham have been named as a possible suitor and Everton are also said watching the situation with interest.
|Wilfred Bony is likely to be offloaded when Pep comes in. Photo via Simon Stacpoole|
Bony arrived with a fine reputation after his goalscoring exploits for Swansea, where he plundered 34 goals from 70 appearances. But the 27-year-old has struggled to establish himself at City, which is a tough ask when charged with competing for the central strikers role with Sergio Aguero.
For much of Bony’s City career, he has been the back-up option and sporadic first-team appearances have failed to help his goals record. But Bony has scored some important goals for City and, as Manuel Pellegrini’s men prepare for their Champions League showdown with PSG, he will be hoping he has a part to play.
The Ivorian international has made five appearances in the Champions League this season, scoring in the 3-1 away win at Sevilla and in the 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Bony may have become resigned to his City career ending in the summer but he will be looking to go out on a high with a key contribution in the quarter-final tie.
UEFA competitions betting when this article was produced shows Bony as 11/4 to be the first goalscorer versus PSG, while Aguero – a more likely starter in the tie – stands at 15/8.
The recent transfer speculation will do little to help Bony’s confidence, as his City career appears to be winding down, but he still has a point to prove to the City faithful who have been unconvinced that the £28 million fee was money well spent.
High-flying West Ham are said to be tracking Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, with Bony’s name on the reserves list should they fail to land the 22-year-old Belgian international. Meanwhile, Everton see Bony as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who has grown frustrated with the team’s progress at Goodison Park and wants to taste some Champions League action.
With Pep Guardiola set to arrive at Manchester City in the summer, it looks increasingly likely that Bony is on his way out. Guardiola is expected to make a raft of signings and Bony’s fellow countryman, Yaya Toure, is also likely to be on the departure list.
In the meantime, Bony still has plenty to play for at City as the season approaches its climax. He will be hoping some goals will help him land the move to resurrect his career.