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Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony

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Forward
Wilfried Bony
Born
10 December 1988, Cote D'Ivoire
Joined City
06 January 2015
Wilfried Bony

Honours:

  1. Czech First League
    Czech First League
    2009/2010
  2. African Cup of Nations
    African Cup of Nations
    2015
  3. Capital One Cup
    Capital One Cup
    2016

Good in the air and adept at holding the ball up

Wilfried Bony joined City in January 2015 having impressed for Swansea City since his arrival in South Wales in 2013.

 

The Ivorian netted 25 goals for the Swans in 54 appearances, with three coming against City over two meetings.

 

After the clash at the Liberty Stadium on New Year's Day 2014, Manuel Pellegrini declared his admiration for two-goal Bony, describing him as a "very good striker."

 

Hailed as one of the most powerful forwards around, the forward was targeted as the perfect solution to the Blues’ striker shortage.

 

Born in Bingerville, he played street football from a young age before joining the Cyrille Domoraud Academy.

 

He signed his first professional contract with Issia Wazi in the Côte d'Ivoire's Premier Division and remained at the club until Sparta Prague B signed him on loan in 2007.

 

Having impressed at B level for his part in securing the Bohemian Football League championship, he was rewarded with a full contract with the first-team and went on to net 22 goals in 59 games, prompting Vitesse to snap him up in 2011.

He enjoyed another fruitful period with the Dutch side, ending the 2012/13 season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer, clinching the league's Golden Shoe award and attracting Swansea's interest in the process.

 

A seasoned Ivory Coast international, Bony had to wait several weeks for his Manchester City debut to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations, making his debut in mid-February against Newcastle United as a second-half sub.

 

His first goal came against West Brom exactly a month later and he would score one more goal in the weeks that remained, ironically against his former club Swansea City.

 

Bony’s first full campaign with the Blues was hampered by niggling injuries that reduced him to just 18 starts in all competitions. Despite the set-backs, he still ended the campaign with eight goals and his overall record of 10 goals from 20 starts is a more than decent return.

 

Wilfried was loaned to Stoke City for the 2016/17 campaign. 

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