Can Wilfried Bony recreate his debut season at the Liberty?

Wilfried Bony returned to South Wales at the end of August with the Swans paying £12 million for the services of the Ivory Coast striker.

The frontman has endured a torrid time at Manchester City and is looking forward to putting his Etihad Stadium nightmare behind him, but can he reach the heights of the 2013/14 season?

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Bony hit 17 goals during his debut season at the Liberty Stadium, including netting a double against Manchester City and another couple at Anfield.

He was soon snapped up by Manuel Pellegrini signing a four-year contract and becoming one of the most expensive African footballers in history.  Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, it didn’t work out in the North West of England.

Bony’s powerful style which had seen him provide a focal point for Swansea didn’t suit the club’s style of play and he rarely featured, making fewer than 40 appearances in total.

A loan move to Stoke yielded two goals – both ironically against the Swans – in ten appearances but he’s back at Swansea and delighted to have secured his return.

The forward admitted his time at Manchester City was frustrating and wasn’t helped by injuries but he’s glad to be back in Wales and can’t wait to get started.

Paul Clement has already praised his new recruit suggesting “there’s a lot of a positivity coming from him” and suspects his arrival will lift the dressing room.

Bony is a fans’ favourite and will be afforded plenty of time by the supporters as he looks to regain his form. He netted 31 times at Eredivisie club Vitesse and Swansea will be hoping he can match the 17 Premier League goals he fired during his first spell here.

He has an incredible composure in front of goal and his strength helps him trouble even the sturdiest back-line. The Ivorian should be able to link up successfully with fellow new recruit Renato Sanchez, who joins on loan from Bayern Munich.

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Swansea will be fancied to spring a few surprises this season and will be particularly tough to beat at home – despite suffering two home defeats thus far against Manchester United and Newcastle United in their two opening home fixtures.

They’ve kept two clean sheets in their opening four encounters and have winnable looking games against Watford and West Ham later in September. Sites such as Footy Accumulators provide weekly tips from the Premier League, which regularly include the Swans as well as providing details on the latest offers here.

Despite the 1 nil reverse against Newcastle United last Sunday, it’s an exciting time for Swansea under Paul Clement and the club has recruited sensibly this summer.

Sam Clucas arrives from Hull as one of the most exciting young midfielders in the country whilst Roque Mesa is a tidy player who joins from La Liga outfit Las Palmas.

Tammy Abraham is already off the mark for his new club thanks to his goal at Crystal Palace and the on-loan Chelsea man is likely to be relishing the chance to link up with Wilfried Bony.

Bony arrives injury-free although his limited game time at Manchester City might result in the striker requiring a couple of matches to get up to speed. He has been away on International Duty representing the Ivory Coast at the beginning of the month and he’ll be aiming to hit double figures as soon as possible.

Hopefully with Bony having re-opened his Swans account with a goal for the Swans U23s in midweek – in the 5-2 win over Derby County in Premier League Two – it won’t be too long before he finds his goal scoring touch in the Premier League for the Swans again.