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Wilfried Bony | Forward | #14

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/10/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 194

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Wilfried Bony's loan move to Stoke City has not gone according to plan, and tensions have only flared up this week.
The Ivorian international has not played since the end of December and has not even made the 18-man squad in the last four Premier League matches, leading him to call out manager Mark Hughes. As one of the club's highest-paid players, Bony suggested that his lack of game-time has to do with a failed move to China: "I have asked him and he says I am training well, my attitude is good and I don’t need to change that but why I don’t play, I don’t know...I am not playing for no reason and since he spoke about the Chinese clause in my contract I don't play." Mar 14 - 8:31 AM
Source: The Mirror

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirmed that the club is powerless to stop Wilfried Bony from leaving for China this winter.

The manager acknowledged that there is a clause in the Ivorian's loan deal from Manchester City that would allow him to cut his loan at Stoke short in favor of a move to the Chinese Super League, although Hughes said he doesn't expect that to happen: "I think that may well be true, but a lot of things have come to the fore to make that happen, not least that Wilf needs to want to go himself...Clearly, if his club thought it was a good deal they would try and influence that but I don't anticipate that happening, certainly not in January."
Source: Daily Mail
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 07:45:00 AM

Wilfried Bony came alive against Swansea on Monday but it is a sign of better things to come or an outlier?

If you watched the match, or even the highlights, it's hard to escape the conclusion that Bony's breakout performance is down more to good fortune than any real turning of the corner. First, Swansea have only five points through ten matches for a reason, they're not good. Second, the two goals were almost entirely of Joe Allen's making. It would have been harder for Bony to miss them than score them. If Allen and company can continue to serve up such opportunities then Bony will oblige and score them but against stronger opposition the Potters haven't shown great proclivity to do so. If you can pick him up on the extreme cheap then do so. If you can sell on a relative high then you should almost certainly do that.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Wilfried Bony scored a brace in Stoke City's 3-1 win over Swansea City on Monday.

Wilfried Bony highlighted Stoke's victory by scoring twice and winning the Man of the Match honors against his former club Swansea City. Bony, who spent 2013-2015 with Swansea, scored the first goal of the match with a simple finish and headed in a rebound to complete his brace in the 73rd minute. Stoke's third goal was created by Ramadan Sobhy as he forced Swansea into an own goal, while Wayne Routledge netted for Swansea. Stoke were unlucky not to score more as Charlie Adam hit both posts and Marco Arnautovic saw his own strike denied by the framework in the first half. The victory was Stoke's third successive and extended their unbeaten streak to five matches. Stoke now sits in 12th, with 12 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 06:18:00 PM

Wilfried Bony continues to struggle for Stoke City even as the Potters picked up a much-needed win in Week 8.

Bony, who many saw as the missing piece at Stoke City in the same way Christian Benteke clearly filled a gap at Crystal Palace, just hasn't worked out so far. You can certainly look at the lack of service without Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay in the line-up as a potential concern but even with Shaqiri back over the past couple of matches, Bony still hasn't looked dangerous. When little Joe Allen is driving for headers and Bony is peeling off, things just aren't right. It's hard to see the situation changing unless and until there is a new mix of talents in the Stoke City squad and that can't happen until January which might be too late for Bony.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Stoke City have beefed up their striker position with the addition of Wilfried Bony, who comes over from Manchester City on a season-long loan.

This could be one of the bigger moves of the day for fantasy teams. While Bony failed to make much of a mark with a big club like Manchester City, he has shown what he can do with a mid-table side after his exploits at Swansea City and the environment at Stoke could be perfect for him to get his career back on track. He should be picked up immediately in draft leagues, and is certainly worth a high waiver claim or a considerable amount of FAAB money. If he can find chemistry with his Potters teammates, it could also raise the value of players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and perhaps Bojan.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Stoke City are in talks with Manchester City to have Wilfried Bony join the Potters on a season-long loan.

Bony is reportedly at Stoke's training ground today, so this move looks very close to being confirmed soon. Bony may not have been able to make much of a mark with the Citizens but he displayed too much production in his time at Swansea City to ignore his potential should he move to a club like Stoke, where he would likely be the primary choice at striker and would have some pretty good weapons around to help him like Marko Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri. Mame Biram Diouf would likely become a secondary option on the bench for Mark Hughes should this deal happen, while Peter Crouch, who started last weekend, will move even further down the pecking order as he plays out the twilight of his career.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 06:21:00 AM

Swansea City continue their search for a much-needed striker to add to their squad and are now approaching Manchester City about the possible acquisition of former Jack, Wilfried Bony.

The Swans are really looking to turn back the clock as they have already expressed publicly the interest in getting Joe Allen back from Liverpool. The Bony-Swansea partnership was nothing short of ideal a few years ago. They brought him in for £12 million fee, he excelled for them and they profited £13 million by selling him to City for £25 million some 18 months ago. Bony's time with the Citizens has not gone well for him. He could only crack the XI under Manuel Pellegrini when Sergio Aguero was injured and, once Kelechi Iheanacho emerged last season, Bony's chances were sliced even thinner. The Swans are hoping to convince City to at least loan Bony back to where he enjoyed so much success, if not, purchase him back outright for a fraction of what they sold him for.
Source: Daily Star
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 04:15:00 AM

Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony seems to have suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a calf injury and will miss the next few weeks.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini said he does not expect Bony to be available for the club's current busy stretch, which started on Wednesday against Everton in the League Cup semifinals. The Ivorian striker has struggled to stay fit this season after suffering from knocks and muscular problems since September. Despite his inconsistent status, Bony has four Premier League goals this season, mostly filling in during Sergio Aguero's absence. But with Bony out, Kelechi Iheanacho will serve as the club's second-choice forward.
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 10:22:00 AM

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the club won't have Fernandinho, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala available to face Everton on Wednesday in Week 21 action.

Fernandinho and Mangala will each miss the midweek match after picking up muscular injuries. With the duo out, Martin Demichelis is likely to start in defense along with either Fernando or Fabian Delph in central midfield. Kelechi Iheanacho, meanwhile, will serve as Sergio Aguero's backup this week as Bony still needs to recover from a calf injury. However, the manager did say that Yaya Toure and David Silva will each return to the squad after missing the weekend FA Cup match while Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri are long-term injury absentees.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Wilfried Bony will miss Wednesdays’ Capital One cup semi-final against Everton after taking a knock at Vicarage Road last weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed: "Bony has a kick in his calf so maybe he’s not fit for tomorrow," although the injury is not thought to be serious and the Ivorian should be available for the FA Cup tie versus Norwich City on Saturday. "In a few days more he should be fine to come back." Sergio Aguero will lead the City attack and the Chilean boss has no qualms about involving the Argentine who appears to be over his latest setback: "Sergio played three games in a week which was no problem for this moment. The last injury was not a muscle injury, just a pain in his heel. He’s fit and the best way for him to recover his best performance is to play games." Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri remain sidelined.
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 09:15:00 AM

Wilfried Bony went off after 25 minutes with a hamstring injury in City's nil-nil draw at Villa Park.

The injury leaves City perilously thin at forward with Sergio Aguero already out injured. Jesus Navas replaced Bony in the Villa match but playing without a recognized forward likely contributed to City's inability to press the possession advantage they enjoyed against the Premier League's bottom club. Kelechi Iheahacho may get a start or more if Bony can't recover in time for City's next league match in two weeks after the international break.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 10:37:00 AM

Wilfried Bony will be unavailable for the Manchester derby.

A twisted knee / ankle will keep Wilfried Bony sidelined and with attacking teammate Stevan Jovetic [ankle] also struggling Pellegrini has limited options up front. The Chilean may decide to revert back to his preferred 4-5-1 allowing Aguero to spearhead the attack but the diminutive striker has failed to register a goal in his last 6 competitive games spanning 553 minutes. Otherwise City will persist with Edin Dzeko and hope the Bosnian can add to his 4 career goals already at Old Trafford. Vincent Kompany will be assessed on Saturday after suffering from a tight hamstring at Selhurst Park "if he can’t play, we have a squad" confirmed Pellegrini. Eliaquim Mangala will be readied to come in.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 06:03:00 PM

City have effectively extinguished all hope of regaining their Premier League title as Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko struggled to breakdown a solid defensive unit while Wilfried Bony was conspicuous in his absence after a training ground injury ruled the Ivorian out of the trip to Selhurst Park.

City dominated the game in terms of possession registering the highest away percentage [75] in the Premier League for over three years but rarely was Speroni called into action as the misfiring Sergi Aguero made it 556 minutes without a goal while strike partner Dzeko lasted a little over an hour before being replaced after another disappointing performance. The loss of Bony to an ankle injury on Sunday now makes the Ivorian a doubt for the upcoming derby at Old Trafford and City must avoid defeat to ensure they remain in touch for a European place having dropped to fourth while the pressure is mounting on coach Manuel Pellegrini who is at risk of being sacked.
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 08:44:00 AM

Wilfried Bony is confident of resuming his regular goalscoring form once he settles in at Manchester City.

Bony was a £25million January signing and so a lot is expected, but the Ivorian is yet to find the net for his new club and missed two good chances against Leicester in Week 28. However, Bony has come through mini-droughts in the past and says he feels confident that the goals will start flowing once he develops a better understanding with his team mates. Until that happens - and until he's being picked regularly over Edin Dzeko - the Ivorian is probably best avoided for fantasy purposes for now.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 07:22:00 AM