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Transfers that shook the world: Wilfried Bony

Swansea City supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways in the Championship at the weekend.

Graham Potter’s men went into their meeting with Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium off the back of a 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough last time out, a result which stretched their winless run in the league to three games. Yet the South Wales outfit bounced back on Saturday as goals from Courtney Baker-Richardson, Connor Roberts, and Jay Fulton sealed a routine 3-0 victory for Potter’s side, thus moving them up to seventh place in the Championship table.

As such, there have been many thrilled Swansea fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are wondering when striker Wilfried Bony may return from a lengthy time out with injury.

The striker returned to the Liberty Stadium last year having left back in 2015 for Manchester City, but in spending £12 million on the 29-year-old first time round back in 2013, and thus what they then got from the forward in terms of goals and performance, the addition of Bony will surely go down as the best £12 million Swansea spent during their time in the Premier League.

Ultimately, the Swans had survived two seasons in the top-flight with relative ease prior to Bony’s arrival at the club in the summer of 2013, although having won the League Cup the season before alongside finishing ninth in the league, expectations were much higher heading into the 2013/14 season.

And manager at the time Michael Laudrup was seemingly aware of that in breaking the club’s transfer record to lure Bony to South Wales, a decision which proved to be an absolute masterstroke as the 29-year-old went on to produce the goods for the Swans.

In his first season in English football, the Ivory Coast international netted 25 times in all competitions to help Swansea to a 12th place finish in the Premier League and indeed the last-32 of the Europa League.

And while the club went through a turbulent spell following the sacking of Laudrup in February 2014, Bony continued to deliver under new boss Garry Monk with ten goals in his last 14 league games of the 2013/14 campaign – he had turned out to be a priceless addition.

And he wasn’t just a one-season wonder either as the 29-year-old started the 2014/15 season brilliantly as well, bagging on nine occasions in the Premier League in the first half of the campaign, which was form that earned him a big-money move to Manchester City in the January transfer window of 2015.

Nonetheless, Bony finished his first Swans stint with a mightily impressive 34 goals in just 70 games for the club, and while he hasn’t yet been able to produce the goods in his second spell in South Wales, Swansea fans simply won’t forget the impact he had first time around.

And in making a healthy profit on the 29-year-old when they sold him to City for £28 million, he had not only produced the goods on the field, but the club had a great deal to show for the striker off the field as well.

As such, while several fine players were brought to Swansea during their stint in the top tier, the big-money addition of Bony was without doubt the best £12 million they spent during their time in the Premier League.

Swansea fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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Transfers that shook the world: Wilfried Bony
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