Wilfried Bony has scored only two goals this Premier League season and his manager has left the striker in doubt that he needs to improve, although he did appeal to the City faithful to stop jeering the player.
Manchester City may be sitting pretty at the very top of the Premier League, and they may have scored an impressive 13 goals in their last four league matches, but manager Manuel Pellegrini still believes that there is room for improvement.
And, more specifically, he wants striker Wilfried Bony, a £25 million signing from Swansea last season, to up his game.
Bony scored 16 league goals in his last full season with the Swans and, the year proceeding that, the Ivory Coast international hit an incredible 37 goals in 36 games for Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem. However, he scored only twice after moving to the Etihad Stadium last year, and has managed only two goals in nine games this time round.
And things took a turn for the worse for the forward against Norwich this weekend. Bony missed a hatful of chances in the match - which Manchester City eventually won 2-1 - and was roundly jeered by the City faithful throughout. He was eventually hauled off for Nigerian teen, Kelechi Iheanacho.
“Unfortunately at this moment, he is not scoring the amount of goals that we know that he can,” Bony's frustrated manager, Manuel Pellegrini, was quoted as saying after the match in the Daily Express.
"He is missing some chances. The way he plays and the striker he is, he normally doesn't miss them.”
“He is playing after many months of not being able to work normally, for different reasons. I have placed a lot of trust in him, now he must demonstrate why he's here.”
However, despite calling on the 26-year-old to prove his worth, Pellegrini made clear that he did not agree with the whistling that dogged his striker throughout the Norwich match.
“The fans need to be patient and support him because he is an important player,” Pellegrini said. “He holds the ball up well and creates a lot of space for the other players.”
“I am sure that in the future he will return to his normal performance," he added.