Long serving midfielder looking forward to goal machine’s arrival.
Swansea city midfielder Leon Britton believes that the club’s signing of Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony is a massive statement of intent, Sky Sports reports.
A deal for the 24-year-old is expected to be completed this week for a fee in the region of £10-13 million – breaking the club’s record transfer record which is currently held by Pablo Hernandez at £5.5 million.
And the deal is big news for long serving midfielder Leon Britton, who has been at the club since they were mired in the old division three, and he feels that the Ivorian’s imminent arrival shows just how far the club has come in that time.
“It’s a statement of intent to spend £10million on one player and I’m sure it won’t be the only big signing,” he told the South Wales Evening Post.
“I think it’s important to keep trying to improve and keep adding to the squad. The better the players we get, the higher we will finish up the table.
“The club needs to progress. It’s hard to keep bettering the year before but we finished ninth and won the League Cup. It’s hard to get ahead of the teams that are always going to be one to seven – you could pick them every year.
“If you have a good year, you can finish ninth like we did or you could have a bad year and find yourselves in the bottom three.
“£10m, I don’t think we can quite believe it. We paid £5.55m last season, but I think we all knew that would be broken this season.
“For Swansea that’s a lot of money. It shows how far the club has come because you wouldn’t have dreamed of us spending that on four players even a few years ago. To spend it on one just shows the league we’re in and the money involved.
“The Premier League is such a global brand, it’s so important that we stay there. We need quality like Bony, who’s scored a lot of goals. His record speaks for itself: 31 goals in 30 games.
“It is Holland, but it’s still a top flight division so to do that says a lot.”