The lack of serious competition Swansea faced in signing Wilfried Bony remains mystifying given how prolific he has been in recent campaigns and with many of those shorter than him in the Premier League top goalscorer betting competing against one-another for places in their managers’ starting XI’s, the 40/1 Ivorian looks the value in opposing last year’s top gun Robin van Persie.
In the past the good name of Dutch league goal-machines has been sullied by the likes of Afonso Alves, Mateja Kezman and the ever-willing but never prolific Dirk Kuyt, but other strikers such as Luis Suarez and Ruud Van Nistelrooy have proved that the Eredivisie goal-scoring eloquence can indeed translate into Premier League poetry.
In his last 75 club games Bony has notched a handsome fifty goals and whilst the Premier League is undoubtedly a step up in class for the 24-year-old, the nature of his game suggests that he’ll benefit from being amongst a better quality of player at Swansea.
The ex-Vitesse striker’s ability to find the net is first and foremost based around his ability to find space in the box, whereupon his excellent finishing allows him to hoover up the goals when a sympathetic through-ball, pass or cross is provided.
Swansea were an immensely creative side last season with the likes of Jonathan De Guzman, Pablo Hernandez, Wayne Routledge, Michu and Nathan Dyer working off a solid platform of ball retention, so plenty of chances are sure to come his way.
However, the Swans lacked a real line-leading striker, with Michu – by his own admission – more comfortable arriving late into goal-scoring areas from deep. Thanks to Bony, the Swans also have the option of playing the ball in early, with the Ivorian needing only a yard of space to trouble the keeper.
He’s played just three matches for the Swans since his move, notching twice, whilst also providing two assists in their final pre-season game against Reading, so there is the tantalising promise of more to come from the striker, both in the sense of increasing match-sharpness and his budding partnership with Michu.
In front of him in the top goalscorer betting lie 13 adversaries, four of whom play for Manchester City, whilst two each represent Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs. Whilst these rivals will likely be taking starts off one another, Bony is expected to be featuring as often as he is physically able, making him a good-value wager for Premier League top goalscorer