Wilfried Bony's proposed move to Manchester City was met with mixed reaction as fans debated whether Bony was worth the reported £30 million City are prepared to pay Swansea.
Below are some of the more negative comments on Bony available on the net:
Proof of this resides in Bony being the leading goalscorer for 2014:
Marcus Stewart formerly of Ipswich Town, Michael Ricketts formerly of Bolton Wanderers and most recently, Andy Carroll formerly of Newcastle United, have all scored bucket loads in a particular stage of a season, only to fail to replicate that form in following years.
It is understandable fans might want to err on the side of caution in regards to Bony, though it should be noted Bony's form extends far beyond 'a particular part of a season'. The minute he was revealed as a Swansea player to today, Bony has been in top form - form that has lasted a year and a half and is finally being recognised by the top clubs.
Furthermore, City are in dire need of a striker - especially one of Bony's likeness. Very recently City were forced to go strikerless as all their registered strikers were out with injury; in addition, considering the injury record of Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic, it is very possible City could go strikerless again this season. Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko blows hot and cold too frequently to ever be a reliable striker and has scored only twice this season.
This is where Bony would come in handy; he has a great injury record, is very consistent and is currently the most in-form striker in the Premier League. Bony would also give City a greater aerial presence. Aside from Dzeko, City lack aerial threats in the side and a Bony's 5 headed goals allude to, he is very strong in the air.
Nonetheless, Swansea are on the verge of selling Bony for the absolute maximum he is worth, when in reality £20 million would have been fair game; in the process they are securing a gargantuan £18 million profit. With Swansea virtually safe from relegation and Gomis capable of doing a job at the very least for the time being, Swansea can take their time in finding a replacement and bolstering the squad at the same time.
With any luck, two years down the line, both Man City and Swansea should be stronger for this deal.