Stats: How Swansea's reported £5m target compares to Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony and Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Swansea City have reportedly offered £5million for Watford striker Troy Deeney and the forward could be the ideal candidate to replace Bony if he leaves the club.

Troy Deeney has enjoyed two successful seasons in the Championship on the spin and is attracting plenty of interest as a result, with Swansea City reportedly leading the way.

The Swans are believed to have offered £5million to Watford for the 26-year-old striker as they prepare to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season.

Michu is on his way out of the club and is set to join Napoli on a season-long loan, whilst Wilfried Bony's future is still unclear and the Ivorian has been linked with a big-money move away from the club after just one season.

Deeney would be an ideal replacement were Bony to leave and the powerful forward has scored 45 goals in his past two seasons with Watford.

Bony enjoyed a highly successful debut campaign in English football following his £12 million switch from Vitesse last summer as he scored 25 goals in all competitions for Gary Monk's side.

However, the 25-year-old is now said to be monitored by the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham and an offer in excess of £20million could be too much to refuse for the Swans.

Deeney could be a perfect replacement for just £5million and the Englishman is ready to impress at the highest level after four seasons with The Hornets.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistTotal Scoring Att / appsChance Created / appsAerial Won / appsMins
Troy Deeney Watford FW 44 24 5 2.50 1.34 3.39 3,960
Wilfried Bony Swansea FW 34 16 4 3.18 0.74 3.09 2,472

Deeney played 10 more league games than Bony last season, but still scored an average of more goals per game with 0.55 superior to the Swansea man's 0.47 goals per game ratio.

He may have been playing in a league below the Premier League but his ability to score goals and create chances is something which he could bring with him with a switch to the top-flight.

Deeney created 1.34 chances per game for teammates, a much higher amount than Bony who only created 0.74 chances per appearance.

The Watford striker was also more dominant in the air - one of Bony's major strengths and Swansea fans should not despair if they were to lose the powerful Ivorian this summer.

Deeney would be an ideal replacement and for just £5million, Gary Monk could strengthen the team in other key areas with the money acquired if Bony does leave the club.

Newcastle, Burney and Aston Villa - the club Deeney joined as a youngster, are all interested in securing the Watford man's services and the Swans will need to act fast if they are to win the race for his signature.


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