Is former fan favourite Wilfried Bony now the right man for Swansea?

Or should the Swans look elsewhere for a new striker?

Is former fan favourite Wilfried Bony now the right man for Swansea?
Man City's Wilfried Bony. Will he return to former club Swansea City? (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

In the final Premier League game of last season, Manchester City faced Swansea City at the the Liberty Stadium.

After 20 minutes of the second-half, former Swans favourite Wilfried Bony started his warm up, hoping, in vain, that the then City manager Manuel Pelligrini would allow him to face his previous employer for the remainder of the game. During the warm-up, chants could be heard from many Swansea supporters: "Come on Wilfried Bony, score some goals for Swansea

Ivory Coast International Bony was and still is a very popular player amongst Swansea supporters. Many are of the opinion that he should return to play for the club and rumours are around that indeed he will return in this transfer window. Bony is surplus to requirements at Manchester City, apparently no longer required by new manager Pep Guardiola.

But, although many Swansea supporters would like to see Bony return to play for the club, there are just as many that feel that he isn't the striker needed by Swansea for the coming season.

Under the guidance of Manager Francesco Guidolin, Swansea played some outstanding free flowing football towards the latter end of the season, especially in the wins against West Ham United and Liverpool. Swansea attacked with style and pace, which many fans believe isn't suited to Bony's game. 

Man City Ivory Coast International Wilfried Bony
Man City's Ivory Coast international, Wilfried Bony. (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

If not Bony, then who?

Well if Bony isn't the answer to Swansea's attacking style, then who is?

West Ham's Ecuadorian international Enner Valencia could be the solution to the problem. Signed by West Ham from Mexican side Pachuca for £12 million in 2014, Valencia has the pace and the guile to head the Swans attack next season. The man who scored twice for Ecuador during this summer's Copa America is available for transfer and could cost the Swans between £10 million and £15 million.

Tottenham Hotspur winger/striker Nacer Chadli is a name that has also been mentioned as a Swansea target this summer. Chadli certainly has the pace required and would suit Swansea's style of play. He would be in the same price range too, costing around £12 million.

Either way, with Bafetimbi Gomis the only senior striker on Swansea's books, and with him looking to set to depart, Guidolin will need to highlight a main target and fast in order to have his attack ready for the start of the new season.