Swansea City Signing Wilfried Bony Aims to Emulate Didier Drogba’s Premier League Impact

Ivorian arrives in Wales with a glowing reputation from his time spent in the Eredivisie. 

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New Swansea City front man Wilfried Bony says that he would like to have a similar impact on the Premier League as his countryman Didier Drogba did during his time at Stamford Bridge, reports the Daily Mirror.

The prolific Ivory Coast international finally completed his long-awaited £12 million move from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem to the Liberty stadium on a four-year deal on Thursday, the fee representing a club-record purchase on behalf of the west Welsh club.

And already the deadly 24-year-old has laid down a marker ahead of the new campaign by stating that he intends to be as successful in front of goal as his compatriot Drogba, who went on to establish himself as one of the best-ever strikers in the history of the Premier League after first arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2004.

“Didier had a big career and scored a lot of goals in the Premier League, but I hope to do the same or more,” said Bony.

“I have spoken to him. He said congratulations and he is proud of me. He is a big inspiration for me. I have to listen to his advice and try to do what I can by giving my best.

“I will have to work hard because the Premier League is the next level up. He knows that if I believe then I can do well.

“Didier said Swansea was a good team who play very good football. There are not many teams in the UK who play like that.

“He said he knows how I play and I will enjoy playing for Swansea. He thinks I have made a good decision.”

Bony arrives in the Principality with a glowing reputation from his time spent in the Netherlands, where the forward has been playing for the previous two-and-a-half seasons after signing for Vitesse from Sparta Prague in January 2011 on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

However, in the intervening period Bony went on to establish himself as one of the most lethal finishers on the Continent, having netted an impressive 53 goals in just 73 appearances for Vitesse in that time.

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