Swansea City are finally ready to offload Wilfried Bony from their squad following their relegation from the Premier League. The 29-year-old has been a complete flop on his return to the Liberty Stadium and is proving to be a very expensive liability. He only managed 4 goals in his 20 appearances for the Swans last term, one of them for the club’s U23 side.
Bony was signed back by Swansea last summer for the exact £12m they had earlier paid for him in July 2013. The Ivory Coast international first stint with the Welsh outfit was highly lucrative, scoring 26 goals in 48 total appearances and subsequently earning a move to Manchester City.
Swansea banked £25m for his sale and signed Bafetimbi Gomis as his replacement. Bony, on the other hand, rotated in and out of the Citizens squad, scoring 11 in his 46 total appearances over two seasons.
He could not upstage Kun Aguero to the number one spot and there were even times when youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho was selected ahead of him by Manuel Pellegrini. Bony was eventually loaned out to Stoke at the start of the 2016/17 campaign to help the centre-forward find his shooting boots again.
Instead, Bony played just 759 minutes for the Potters first team and scored twice in his meagre 11 appearances. A familiar climate did not suit him either at the Liberty and now he will have to look for greener pastures in a different club.
Bony will also have to make a comeback from the painful knee injury to really find a lucrative future in English football. Here are a few clubs who should consider getting him.
Bony does not quite fit the Wanderers investment plan but will be able to fulfil their current agendas. Nuno Santo is expected to lead a relatively young Wolves team to the Premier League next season and still does not have an outright number nine. Benik Afobe might have been signed permanently but Stoke City are expressing significant interest on the Molineux for the 25-year-old’s signature.
They have followed the Wolves to automatic promotion into the English top-flight and Neil Warnock is on the lookout for squad improvements. The Bluebirds were eyeing up a deal for Salomon Rondon but no confirmation talks have come out yet. Maybe Bony can be the alternative they should be looking towards.
A far-fetched dream for the Championship outfit but nevertheless a thoughtful consideration. They are prepared to offer Abel Hernandez a massive contract but the Hull City man has not yet confirmed his allegiance to the Elland Road outfit.