His rise was as meteoric as his fall. Wilfried Bony, 28, left for the bright lights of the Etihad after a sparkling season with Swansea City but found himself standing in the shadows, cast as an understudy.
The Ivory Coast international cost Manchester City £28m in 2015 as they looked to bolster a fading title bid. Since then, he netted ten times in 46 appearances, a less than stellar return on their investment. The final ignominy came with a loan spell at Stoke City where his record of 2 goals in 11 appearances did nothing to restore his reputation.
After three seasons with Vitesse Arnheim which yielded a goal every 120 minutes, he moved to Swansea City in a £14m deal. The Swans saw a continuation of his impressive form but City’s interest in him was out of the blue. The outcome is less surprising.
The Independent reports that Chinese Super League clubs are ready to end his Mancunian hell but new regulations from the China FA and government, make foreign players less attractive. The money on offer is showing no signs of slowing down though; Carlos Tevez receives an eye-watering £615k per week.
Bony isn’t in that league but will certainly not be left wanting in wages. More importantly, he may be able to resurrect his stalled international career with the Chinese league not suffering from the snobbery and contempt it is held in European circles.