Manchester City will be favourites for the Premier League title when they complete Bony signing…
Chelsea might have moved two points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race on Saturday, but the defending Champions still look set to score the most significant blow in this weekend’s exchanges.
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According to BBC reports, Swansea City have agreed a £28m fee to sell striker Wilfried Bony to Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international will be available when he returns from international duty in the Africa Cup of Nations.
City have been in fine form in recent weeks, winning eight and drawing two of their last ten games, taking 26 points in comparison to Chelsea’s tally of 22, and with Bony preparing to come in, this could prove to be a pivotal moment in the season.
In the early part of the season, City paid the price for their lack of cutting edge, costing them points against the likes of Stoke and West Ham, and in more recent weeks, they have struggled with injuries to Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic.
Signing Bony will solve both of those problems. Not only was he the top goalscorer in the Premier League during the 2014 calender year, but he offers City something totally different. A player who is strong, but far from slow, capable of holding the ball up, and unleashing a fearsome shot.
Pellegrini prides himself on the versatility his squad offers, with two internationals for every position, but he has been a man short since Alvaro Negredo joined Valencia in the summer transfer window.
Bony will give Premier League defences just one more aspect to think about when they face City, and while £30m is quite a price to pay, there is very little to suggest that the player will not be a success at the Etihad Stadium.
Compare City to Chelsea, whose strike force comprises Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba. During the summer, they were praised for recruiting the trio and addressing their one major weakness from last season. But now they risk being left behind again.
Aguero and Dzeko are both accustomed to scoring in and around 20 goals a season, while Bony is also capable of a similar tally. Of Chelsea’s front three, only Costa will expect to get close to that mark, let alone surpass it.
Assuming the deal does come off, you’d be a fool not to put your money on Manchester City for the Premier League title, rather than Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
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