Wilfried Bony has never truly repaid the hefty transfer fee Manchester City spent to sign him from Swansea City at the beginning of 2015, but gave a further reminder of his class when he opened the scoring against his former club on Saturday.
The Citizens signed the Ivorian forward for a whopping £28 million in January [BBC Sport]—making him the most expensive African player in history—following his superb goalscoring form in Wales.
However, while Bony’s year began with continental success at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, he hasn’t always shone, and had bagged only two league goals all season before this weekend (both against Bournemouth).
When Sergio Aguero was sidelined with injury earlier in the season, Bony struggled to convince as his stand-in, and appeared somewhat lethargic and out of sync with some of his teammates.
However, with Kun again on the injury list, Bony has been asked to step up and replace him, with City seeking to replace Leicester City at the pinnacle of the Premier League.
The West African went some way to suggesting that the Citizens won’t feel the loss of Aguero as hard as they have done in the past when he opened the scoring against his former club—who were deprived of their manager Garry Monk in midweek [BBC]—on Saturday.
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Bony’s effort, coming in the 26th minute, gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side the lead, and also took them back to first place in the Premier League…for now at least!