GARRY MONK has backed striker Wilfried Bony to play a key role in Manchester City’s bid to regain the Premier League title.
Bony, 26, returns to Swansea today for the first time since his £28million January move
to The Etihad.
And while the Ivory Coast international struck 34 goals in 70 appearances for the Welsh club, he has found the net just once in ten outings for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
His slow start has led some critics to write him off as a flop buy.
But Swansea boss Monk remembers how it took time for Bony to adjust to life in Swansea after his switch to the Premier League from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013.
“He found it tough to start when he came here,” said Monk.
“But he has incredible drive and nothing was going to stop him playing. If he was going to break into the team and play regularly then he was going to do it whether anyone wrote him off or not.
“That’s how he is as a person. He has the perfect mentality to go and do it at a big club like Manchester City. He can be key for them next season.
“The move was not a mistake. Wilfried is not driven by money, it was a football decision.
“Given a chance he will succeed there, for sure. I have never seen a player with that strength. He will score goals for City.”
Many predicted Swansea would struggle without Bony but they have kept going and are still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Europa League.
Ahead of today’s meeting with City, Monk added: “For me, it has always been about the group, not just one player.”
“Whoever scores the goals, I don’t care. I want the team to win.
“If the striker scores 20 or 30 goals then that is brilliant. But if the team scores 30 goals, then
that is also brilliant.”