Saturday Spotlight: Wilfried Bony

As the new Swansea striker prepares to make his Premier League debut later today, Vincent Ralph turns the spotlight on the prolific Ivorian.

Exactly a year ago tomorrow, Swansea City showed the rest of the Premier League what £2million could get you if you knew where to look.

Michu’s two goals in a 5-0 win against QPR were the first in an outstanding campaign for both the Spaniard and the Swans.

And now, as Michael Laudrup prepares his side for a campaign in which hopes are higher than ever, he is about to unleash another striker. This one signed for considerably more than Michu, but one whose previous goal-scoring record suggests he is about to take the top flight by storm.

Prior to his £12million move to the Liberty Stadium, Wilfried Bony had built up quite a collection of admirers. At least that is if you believe the rumour mill.

In the end, Swansea signed the prolific Ivorian all but unopposed, and the man who scored 31 league goals in just 24 Eredivisie appearances last season could ultimately prove to be another Laudrup master-stroke.

As Bony and his teammates prepare to face Manchester United in the late kick-off today, he will hope to make a similar impact as Michu, both on his debut and in the campaign as a whole.

Whether he can score a brace in his first league game remains to be seen, but United’s backline must beware his considerable talents.

All eyes are likely to be on the United bench this evening should, as expected, Wayne Rooney take his place there. But those eyes should instead be on a striker who, at just 24, has already racked up 65 goals for club and country.

Last season was his breakthrough; the one in which he proved both consistent and deadly in front of goal.

That he has provided only a single assist in his entire professional career speaks volumes for the kind of player the Swans have signed: A greedy player, most certainly, but a player who can afford to be when he is that talented.

A visit to the Liberty Stadium was a difficult proposition even before the additions of Bony and the excellent Jose Canas. How much more difficult it has now become will be seen this evening.

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