Are Chelsea and West Ham chasing the Suarez-factor?

As the chase for Wilfried Bony continues, are his suitors hoping he brings his Eredivisie form to the Premier League in the same way as Luis Suarez?

Scoring goals aplenty in the Dutch top flight doesn’t mean that will translate when you move on. Just ask Dirk Kuyt or Mateja Kezman.

But some Eredivisie imports prove that regardless of the country, the goals are just as high and just as wide.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy was a case in point. And more recently, Luis Suarez has continued where the former Manchester United striker left off.

During his time at Ajax, Suarez scored a remarkable 111 goals in 159 appearances. And although less prolific at Anfield he is proving to be the difference for Liverpool time and again.

And now a new striker is reported to be on his way from Holland to the Premier League, with both Chelsea and West Ham eager to secure his services.

Much has already been written of Wilfried Bony, the player rumoured to be wanted by at least five Premier League clubs when initial reports named only the Hammers.

Last weekend, it was reported a deal to bring him to Upton Park was all but done. By Monday interest had apparently been shown by Fulham, Stoke and Everton. And on Thursday it was widely reported that he could be on his way to Chelsea.

For agents and players alike, a headline in the rumour mill can push interest (and value) through the roof.

Bony has been called the new Didier Drogba. But for the clubs reportedly wrestling for his signature, it is hard to look past their need for the Suarez-factor. In short, if the Uruguayan was a Chelsea player, he would be their missing link. Now they have the chance to sign someone who may be just as prolific.

While at West Ham, with the likely departure of on-loan Andy Carroll, manager Sam Allardyce knows he needs someone to score goals. Only with Bony, he would be getting someone who could propel them to a whole other level.

The Ivory Coast striker has a record every bit as impressive as Suarez’s. Although he has played considerably less games, the 24-year-old already has 46 goals for current club Vitesse Arnhem in just 63 appearances. This season, he has 26 goals in 24 matches, including 10 in his last six.

Quite simply, the boy is good. And Hammers fans will be excited at the prospect of such a natural goal-scorer arriving at Upton Park.

It is this that may cause them to ultimately miss out on him, because Allardyce suddenly faces competition in numbers – never a good thing when trying to keep the price down.

If Bony does sign for the Hammers, they could be signing a catalyst for greater things to come.

If he signs for Chelsea, they will have a striker every bit as good as their flourishing midfield.

He will have to prove himself all over again. But with stats like his, you wouldn’t bet against it.

Where do you think Bony will be playing next season, and could he be as successful in the Premier League as Luis Suarez?


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