The extent of Wilfried Bony’s Manchester City career to date stretches to one start and three substitute appearances, yet the Ivorian striker has felt the need to justify his early struggles in sky blue.
Swansea’s former favourite son told the Manchester Evening News:
“I’ve only been here for two weeks so I’m just settling in, getting to know everyone better and they are getting to know me and what my strengths are, too.”
Given his limited game time so far, it’s unclear why the £25m man has moved to answer critics that are yet to materialise, but his riposte to no one is a definite cause for concern amongst the planet’s Citizen population.
Bony’s words echo those of several strikers of January transfer windows past who never justified their monster price tag.
“It’s not easy when you sign in January. It’s thanks to my teammates that I can score, they have been looking for me all the time. There is less pressure on me now so I hope you will see more of me.”
This is what Fernando Torres had to say upon bagging his first goal for Chelsea, which came after a staggering 13 hours of football following his £50m move from Liverpool.
Currently back with boyhood club Atletico Madrid, El Nino departed Stamford Bridge having registered just 20 Premier League strikes in three-and-a-half seasons and well over 100 appearances.
“Scoring against Blackburn and scoring against Everton is a great lift for me. When you play regularly you get confident and you get into the stride of things and I feel I am doing that now.”
Torres’ replacement Andy Carroll had to deal with similar amounts of derision after he became the Anfield club’s record signing.
Despite feeling as though he was finally getting into the groove on Merseyside post £35m switch from Newcastle, the injury-plagued Geordie scored just twice more for the Reds in 2011/12 (his only full season with the club), before being loaned out to West Ham.
“All the strikers go through a time when they don’t score but that stage has gone away now. I haven’t felt under pressure.”
In making this statement, Middlesbrough’s most expensive buy Afonso Alves exemplified a level of confidence absent from almost all of his on-pitch showings.
Not dissimilar from his performances on Teesside, however, the accuracy of the Brazilian’s comment was some way wide of the mark.
Speaking after his brace felled non-league Barrow in the FA Cup, Alves struck once more in the top-flight before leaving in the aftermath of Boro’s relegation to the Championship.
If City are to justify odds of 7/1 about them winning the title this term, it’s imperative Bony doesn’t buckle under the same pressure the above trio did after mega-money moves.