Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Liverpool are still in pursuit of a new centre-forward to help fill the gaping abyss left by departed goal machine Luis Suarez, and one candidate stands out.
While it’s been flattering to Reds fans to see their club linked with moves for perceived superstar strikers Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao, it’s Swansea’s less-heralded target man who fits the bill far better.
Two years younger than Cavani and three years younger than Falcao at 25, for starters Liverpool would be investing in a goalscorer potentially still yet to hit his glory years – despite scoring 25 times for Swansea in his debut season.
It’s undeniable both the Uruguayan and Colombian racked up a hatful of goals between them in consecutive seasons before making their massive-money moves to France, but through a mixture of injury and team selections neither ripped up trees during 2013/14.
Falcao’s crippling knee injury clearly curtailed a campaign where he had netted 11 times in 19 appearances for Monaco, but after such a serious set-back there are obvious question marks over future fitness.
After choosing ‘project Monaco’ and ridiculous wages over other more creditable moves the word mercenary has also been bandied about many times.
Meanwhile, Cavani’s return of 25 in 43 appearances was still impressive, but playing in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a wing-clipping effect from scoring 39 in 43 for Napoli during 2012/13 and whether his peak has now past is debateable.
Bony is still a player looking for that big move to prove himself, whereas the star duo have already cost a combined £100+ from their latest transfers.
Neither would be happy sat on the bench at Anfield for a single minute if being used in rotation with current first-choice striker Daniel Sturridge either.
Chances are, Rodgers would be forced into accommodating either man straight into the first XI which would then place even more pressure on squeezing in the other new attackers like Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.
Bony doesn’t have the glamour but he’s got every attribute to play as the lone front man in the current system and proved he can supplement plenty of goals as well.
The Ivorian would likely be half as cheap and twice as hungry to succeed, with a potential career peak yet to come. Liverpool face a huge challenge in the Premier League next up as they travel to champions Manchester City, where they’re priced art 3/1 for victory.
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