We knew we were interested in Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony a year last January, and there was some news that Newcastle weren’t sure he would make it in the Premier League, and that he wasn’t physical enough to be a success in England.
Wilfried Bony – had terrific season at Swansea
Swansea signed him for around £13M last summer, but it turns out Newcastle could have got him earlier for just £10M – and that’s according to his agent Dalibor Lacina, who has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today.
Bony scored 17 goals in 34 appearances in the Premier League last season for Swansea, and in all competitions he scored 26 goals in 48 appearances for the Welsh club.
In his last season in Holland the previous season, he scored 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances for Vitesse.
This is what Lacina told the Shields Gazette today:
“I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn’t believe in him.” “They could have signed him for £10M, but they said they weren’t sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland.”
“I know Wilfried. I brought him over from Africa and I know what he can do. I used to be a player and a coach myself.” “I told them that he would score goals wherever he played but it was only Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins who took the risk.”
“Now he is worth £20M, “Newcastle is a traditional, fantastic club but they are always the same with transfers. I was in contact with them a couple of years ago over Tomas Ujfalusi, who played for Atletico and Fiorentina, but it was a similar story.”
“The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea.” “We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition.”
“We have had no contact with Newcastle.”
What’s that saying about fortune favors the brave – and there’s a dig at Newcastle by the agent about not being ambitious enough – but fans know we don’t have any big ambitions these days, and probably will not have as long as Mike Ashley owns the club.
Newcastle are hardly gung-ho in the transfer market – but you win some and you lose some – and to be fair we have made some stellar signings over the last four years in the transfer market.
But certainly we have lost out big time on Wilfried Bony, and of course there’s just no way he will ever be coming to Newcastle United.
It’s a case where Alan Pardew and Graham Carr and probably others at Newcastle, completely misjudged the abilities of a player and how he would fare in the Premier League.
Wilfried was one of the top Premier League strikers last season.