Swansea's £12m recruit: 'I'm still adapting'

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Swansea City's record signing Wilfried Bony has admitted that he is still adjusting to life in the Premier League.

The Ivorian international cost the Swans £12m in a move from Dutch side Vitesse, and his two goals against Stoke on Sunday showed what the 24-year-old is capable of in front of goal, whilst he also boasts an impressive record in the Europa League, where he has scored five goals in just seven games.

However, Bony insists that the best is yet to come as he finds his feet in South Wales.

'I am just adjusting to the best league in the word,' said Bony, as reported by Sky Sports. 'The challenge is to convince people because of the money the club paid for me - it has not been easy but I am getting there.

'The manager trusts me and has a plan to use me to help me find my feet in the league, scoring twice in the league against Stoke City on Saturday was very good, I want to score every week for the club but I know that is difficult to do but I will try.

'I believe in myself and hope to make my name in the League.'

There is a worrying amount of strikers who failed to replicate their goalscoring feats in English football having moved over from Holland, such as Afonso Alves and Mateja Kezman, but Bony has ten goals in just 18 games for the Swans, and already looks to be a marked improvement on the two aforementioned flops.

The former Sparta Prague man will be looking to nail down a spot in the Ivory Coast squad for the World Cup, providing they get past Senegal in the playoffs. With a host of big name strikers – Didier Drogba, Seydou Doumbia, Lacina Traore and Arouna Kone – all vying for places too, Bony needs to keep scoring to make sure manager Sabri Lamouchi selects him.

With Michu now out of action for Swansea, the burden for goals will fall on to the record signing – can he handle the pressure?

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