Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has revealed that it was Luis Suarez’s success in the Premier League that convinced him to move to England.
Uruguay international forward Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax in January 2011 for a transfer fee of £22.8 million and soon established himself as one of the best players in the English top flight.
There have been instances of players switching from the Eredivisie to the Premier League without much luck, but the 27-year-old was a success story.
Bony, who moved to Swansea City from Vitesse in the summer of 2013, has now highlighted how Suarez, now at Barcelona, inspired him.
“I knew the stats when I moved on from Vitesse Arnhem to Swansea,” The Sun quotes the Ivory Coast international as saying. “But my example was Luis Suarez. He showed that it was possible to succeed.
“I am a killer. That’s part of my character. Everything I do in my life is pointed at one thing — scoring on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. It all has to do with determination. If you want to be the best you have to show maximum focus.”
Bony has been a huge success himself in the Premier League and now looks to be on his way to defending English champions Manchester United for a whooping £30m.
The 26-year-old former Sparta Prague striker has scored nine goals and created 19 chances in 20 league appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 54%.
Last season Bony scored 16 chances and created 25 chances in 34 Premier League matches for the Swans, while having a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 44%.
Little wonder that City are so willing to spend £30m on Bony…