Michael Laudrup is currently experiencing the traditional troubles of replicating the success of an outstanding debut season and the lack of output from star forward Michu has produced has been a key factor in their slump.
After notching 22 goals last year, The Spaniard has scored just six this term and is now confined to the physio’s room meaning someone else will have to take up the baton, and who better than £12m man Wilfried Bony?
The pacy striker has a chance to impress at Kuban Krasnodar in a game Swansea are 8/5 to win, with their hosts also priced at 8/5 and the draw 23/10. Bony is 8/5 to net anytime against the Russian side.
Swansea have won six out of 11 when the Ivorian has started, compared to one out of seven without him.
Laudrup has been curiously averse to playing the Swans’ club record signing, with the debonair Dane often opting to leave Michu up front by himself.
Considering how much better Swansea’s results have been with Bony on the pitch at the first whistle this may have hampered their chances, and installing the Ivorian at the front of the side while the stringy Spaniard rests up could prove fruitful.
Bony has scored a goal every 145.7 minutes this season, comfortably a better ratio than Michu managed last year.
The gangling goal-machine was so impressive for Swansea last season that he brought a whole new currency into the parlance of the game, with transfers now priced up by how many Michus could have been purchased.
The forward struck once every 161.5 minutes in all competitions for the Welsh wizards last term, a fine record but one that Bony is currently outdoing in his debut year, suggesting the irrepressible Ivorian needs to spend more time on the pitch.
The striker banged in 31 goals in 30 league appearances for Vitesse last season, notching 18 for the Dutch side in all competitions the year before.
Lest we forget, Swansea splashed out a huge chunk of cash on Bony due to his superb goal-scoring exploits in the Netherlands last season.
There is a great degree of suspicion regarding strikers who cash in on the inept defences of the Eredivise, but Bony’s 31-goal haul trumps anything Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert or Zlatan Ibrahimovic ever produced in Holland, and even matches Ruud van Nistelrooy’s most prolific return.