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Henry explains skills that make Bony so attractive in summer market

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

Former Arsenal hero Thierry has talked up Wilfried Bony, of Swansea City and Cote d'Ivoire, previously linked with Everton, Liverpool and Dortmund.

Ivorian footballer Wilfried Bony, 25, has spent seven years competing in Europe and, while he came of age in his final season with Vitesse Arnham in the Eredivise - banging in 31 goals from 30 league appearances - it was not ontil he continued his hot form in the Premier League with Swansea City where analysts pondered the level the striker truly belonged to.

In the past month alone, Bony has been transfer linked with Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund - four clubs operating at the higher echelons of domestic and continental-level football in what is perhaps evidence that, for many, there is a consensus opinion that the netbuster may well move on to his fourth professional club in Europe.

The transfer speculation will not cease in the coming weeks, no… if anything, it'll escalate as he is currently impressing for his national team at the World Cup competition in Brazil and he has already caught the excited eye of legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry.

  NationOpponentTouchPass AccPass To Final 3rdChance CreatedAssistShot AccShotGoalsMins
Bony Cote d'Ivoire Japan 30 100% 15.8% 1 0 25.0% 4 1 78
Bony Cote d'Ivoire Greece 16 77.8% 33.3% 1 0 0.0% 0 0 60

"He didn't start so well in the Premier League but then we found out what he is all about," the Frenchman, a World Cup winner himself, said whilst on the sofa for the BBC.

"[He has] greater awareness, finish… he can finish with his left, right foot and header - not that I can comment on headers!

"He's strong, good in one-on-one situations, has pace - he [puts himself] about [in the right positions]. If you cross, he'll be there; he has great movement."

From the Ivory Coast's first two matches in Brazil, Bony has had an impact.

His best performance at the World Cup to date was against Japan, where he completed every single one of his pass attempts, created a clear-cut goal-scoring opportunity and found the back of the net with one of his four shots on goal.

Against the Greeks, he failed to even attempt a shot let alone score, however, he was still a creative outlet and, of all his pass attempts, an extraordinary 33% were thrust into the final third.

As a comparative tool, Spain international Diego Costa put just 6% of his passes into the final third over his two outings against the Netherlands and Chile.

  ClubTouch /AppPass AccPass To Final 3rdTotal Chance CreatedAssistShot AccShot /AppGoalAppMin
Bony Swansea 38.26 74.06 10.4% 24 4 37.0% 3.18 16 34 2,472

This form is also similar to what Premier League audiences have come to expect from Bony.

For the entire 2013-14 season, he averaged 38 touches on the football per game, found a team-mate with 74% of his passes (10% of all passes were played into the final third), created 24 chances, returned four assists and scored 16 goals - a terrific haul considering it was debut season in Wales/England.

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