In the January transfer window, it was widely reported that Newcastle United were interested in Wilfired Bony. It was suggested that he was to be Alan Pardew’s sixth man in this winter’s most exciting blockbuster, ‘The Geordie French Connection.’
The Daily Mail said that talks were underway and a fee of £12m was mooted but this failed to appear. Having being brought up in the Ivory Coast, the 6 foot tall striker can speak French which could see him fit effortlessly into the French community of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote and Marveaux.
Bony currently sits at the top of the Erdivise with 16 goals and is enjoying one of his best goals scored to games played ratio having scored 22 goals in 26 games so far this season. He is currently plying his trade at AFCON with Ivory Coast scoring in Wednesdays 2-2 draw with Algeria meaning he has scored 5 in 16 international games however they have since been eliminated.
There has been interest from all around Europe’s top leagues with teams like Cheslea and Liverpool chasing the Ivorian at the start of the window which was reported widely as well as in The Metro.
At 6 foot tall and weighing in at 86kg, Bony is a physically presence and there is little doubt that he would have any problems with the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. The videos of his goals and style of play clearly show he knows how to use his weight and height to his advantage; as well as his ability to trap a ball at his feet which might have seen him match Cisse’s goalscoring record last season.